2014 Saint-Estephe - 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
An elegant St-Estèphe with good ripe fruit and a spice. Generous tannins and equally generous fruit, it is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon that gives it the structure as well as the juicy fruitiness." - Roger Voss
Producer: Chateau Laffitte Carcasset
Wine: 2014 Chateau Laffitte Carcasset, Saint-Estèphe
Varietals: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Food: Braised lamb shank, grilled pork chops, hard and soft cheeses
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2021
CHATEAU LAFFITTE CARCASSET
Chateau Laffitte Carcasset owes its name to Joseph Laffitte, an attorney of the King of France. The estate was owned by the Laffitte family until sold in 1838 to Martin Alçuet. The property was originally named Carcasset after the “lieu-dit” it was situated on. Since its creation, the estate has taken a variation of names Carcasset-Alçuet, Carcasset-Laffitte and was finally renamed in 1898 as Laffitte Carcasset by the new owner Jean Grillet.
The history of Château Laffitte Carcasset dates back to the early 18th century in the Kingdom of France. Already mentioned on the maps of Cassini, the vineyard is formed in 1759 at Le Carcasset, an area located in the heart of Saint-Estèphe appellation. In 1781 his owner, Jean Laffitte, lawyer and prosecutor of the king Louis XVI in Bordeaux, gives his name to the estate. This beautiful white-stone Chartreuse is in the tradition of the great mansions of its time, with reception rooms opened on the vineyard and its magnificent century-old trees park.
Surrounded by the Classified Growths of Saint-Estèphe, the 87 acres vineyard are on the gravel plateau of Saint-Estèphe, where the Cabernet and the Merlot best express their potential. Château Laffitte Carcasset has been Cru bourgeois since 1932 and a family vineyard from its origins. Since 2016, it belongs to Pierre Rousseau and his family.
Saint-Estèphe is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for red wine in the Bordeaux region, located in the Médoc subregion. It takes its name from the commune of Saint-Estèphe and is the northernmost of the six communal appellations in Médoc. Five classified growths of 1855 (Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés en 1855) are located within the appellation area. Saint-Estèphe has held AOC recognition since 1936.
Château Laffitte Carcasset benefits from the mild climate typical of the great terroirs on the left river bank of the estuary. The average age of the vineyard is 30 years old, composed of 60% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% of Merlot and 5% of Cabernet Franc. Faithful to Saint-Estèphe’s style, Château Laffitte Carcasset produces complex and fruity red wines with a beautiful tannic structure giving a very good aging potential.