2004 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • IWC 93
  • WS 91
  • WA 91

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2005
(78% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon) Good medium ruby. Cool vibrant aromas of blueberry blackberry violet menthol and licorice along with a whiff of currant leaf. Silky on entry then supple fat and... (78% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon) Good medium ruby. Cool vibrant aromas of blueberry blackberry violet menthol and licorice along with a whiff of currant leaf. Silky on entry then supple fat and harmonious with a distinctly lush texture and enticing sucrosite Highly aromatic very pure flavors of black fruits plum violet and licorice. Long palate-staining finish features solid underlying structure and late-arriving tannins. The vineyard produced just 35 hectoliters per hectare according to manager Nicolas Thienpont but that's partly because a lot of vines are missing (Thienpont is in the midst of replacing these vines with the same rootstocks.)
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2007
Intense flavors of very ripe fruit with a decadent earthy meaty undertone. Full-bodied with soft tannins and a long concentrated finish. A solid wine with a wonderful texture. The new Larcis-Ducasse. Best after 2010.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2016
The 2004 Château Larcis Ducasse appears to be in fine fettle. Deep in color, it has a ripe and outgoing, fruit-driven bouquet for a 2004, abundant dark plum and cassis fruit intermingling with incense and violet aromas... The 2004 Château Larcis Ducasse appears to be in fine fettle. Deep in color, it has a ripe and outgoing, fruit-driven bouquet for a 2004, abundant dark plum and cassis fruit intermingling with incense and violet aromas. The palate has commendable depth and concentration, denser than many Right Bank wines of this vintage, lush but without denuding this Larcis of requisite freshness on the finish. On this showing, I can foresee this offering another 15 years of pleasure. This is well worth hunting down, as it is probably still reasonably priced. Tasted February 2016. - Neal Martin
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2004

Label

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.

Winery

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.