2002 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • WS 92
  • WA 90

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WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2005
Aromas of plum tart and vanilla with hints of wild forest fruits. Full-bodied with lovely silky tannins and bright fruit. Pretty wine. This is the first year that Nicholas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt took over and... Aromas of plum tart and vanilla with hints of wild forest fruits. Full-bodied with lovely silky tannins and bright fruit. Pretty wine. This is the first year that Nicholas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt took over and it shows. Serious stuff here. Excellent length. One of the surprises of the vintage. Best after 2008. –JS
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2005
Open-knit charming earthy and herbaceous with abundant quantities of sweet black cherry and currant fruit as well as a tremendous fragrance this is a sensual lush rich claret that transcends the vintage characteristic of... Open-knit charming earthy and herbaceous with abundant quantities of sweet black cherry and currant fruit as well as a tremendous fragrance this is a sensual lush rich claret that transcends the vintage characteristic of hard tannic structured wines. Ripe but not nearly as concentrated as the 2003 this enormously appealing 2002 should be drunk over the next 6-7 years.This 26.7-acre vineyard merits serious consideration. For more than five decades this fabulous terroir (just down the street from Pavie) with a brilliant south-facing exposition on pure clay and limestone soils with vines averaging 40 years of age made one mediocrity after another. That all changed after the outstanding duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt arrived as consultants in 2002. Larcis Ducasse is a blend of 75% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2002

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Chateau Larcis-Ducasse’s terroir produces wonderfully ripe grapes which result in complex, well-structured wines with fresh fruit and mineral flavors. These characteristics are, in part, attributable to the different bedrocks found on the property, from the limestone of the plateau to the iron-rich feldspar sand at the base of the slope.

Viticultural methods are as natural as possible. Yields are kept low in the vineyard were grape varieties were planted according to soil type. In the cellar, grapes undergo a gentle maceration to avoid over-extraction. Vinification takes place in concrete tanks with no pump-over. After fermentation, the wine is aged in barrel for eighteen months.

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Larcis-Ducasse

Chateau Larcis-Ducasse is a Premier Grand Cru Classe B estate in the Saint-Emilion AOC of Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Already extremely popular and highly sought-after in the 16th century, Larcis Ducasse’s wines have continued to garner praise into the 21st century. It’s ownership has been in the same family since 1893.

Chateau Larcis-Ducasse’s 11 hectares of closely-grouped blocks occupies the tip of the famous Cote Pavie hill, west of Chateau Pavie and north of Chateau Troplong Mondot. The vineyards enjoy a fully south-facing position and are planted with 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Soil types range from alluvial sand deposits, to limestone, clay and chalk. The vines average 35 years of age.

Since 2002, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt have led a new winemaking team. They have worked to further increase wine quality, investing considerably in the vineyard and cellar. They combine traditional methods with innovative techniques to complement the flavors of the land. Among the changes have been a new drainage system for the vineyard and an extended harvest that picks over several weeks as the various blocks become ready.