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This week: 2nd wines of Pauillac
Name 3 and define how they differ from the grand vin.
1. Carruades de Lafite
-Château Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, Carruades de Lafite presents similar characteristics to the Grand Vin, but with its own personality linked to a higher proportion of Merlot and to specific plots that are used to produce Carruades. The name comes from the Carruades plateau, a group of plots acquired in 1845 just next to the vines on the Château hilltop.
-Grand vin is between 80-95% Cabernet
-Carruades is 50-70%
2.Echo de Lynch-Bages
-Like its big brother, Echo de Lynch-Bages displays the characteristic taste, aromas and length of Pauillac wines. As an echo of the first wine, it receives the same care and attention from the vine to the cellars. It is the result of a selection of Lynch-Bages' youngest vines and specific plots which represent between 25 to 40 % of the harvest depending on the vintage. Echo de Lynch-Bages is round, soft and seductive in its youth with outstanding potential for bottle age.
-Key highlights are that the vines are younger in this vin in comparison to the Grand Vin which uses the historic and older vines.
3. Les Tourelles de Longueville
-Named after the turrets that embellish the château, our wine Les Tourelles de Longueville, embodies the charm of the estate.
-The grapes that are used to blend the wine come essentially from the Sainte Anne plot, planted mainly to Merlot, giving to it a distinctive personality. Les Tourelles de Longueville is an invitation to enter a world of flavour, charm, roundness and sensual delight.
-This wine provides an introduction to the spirit of Pichon Baron and can be enjoyed young or aged in the cellar for 15 years or more.