2005 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L
  • WA 100
  • WS 95
  • IWC 94

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
With an unbelievable nose of licorice, tapenade, black cherry and blackcurrant liqueur, as well as full body, super-sweet tannin, and astonishing richness and length, this prodigious effort in 2005 announced the... With an unbelievable nose of licorice, tapenade, black cherry and blackcurrant liqueur, as well as full body, super-sweet tannin, and astonishing richness and length, this prodigious effort in 2005 announced the resurrection of this great terroir on the slopes near Château Pavie. Dark garnet/plum/purple, this is compelling stuff and drinkable already, but capable of lasting another 25-30 years. This beauty is not to be missed! Only 3,000 cases were produced, from a blend of 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 95
Wine Spectator, March 2008
This is very grapey with plenty of crushed blackberry and vanilla undertones and floral as well. Full-bodied soft and silky. Gushes with fruit. Hard not to drink this now but give it some time. The fruit is amazing. Such... This is very grapey with plenty of crushed blackberry and vanilla undertones and floral as well. Full-bodied soft and silky. Gushes with fruit. Hard not to drink this now but give it some time. The fruit is amazing. Such purity. Best after 2014. 3080 cases made.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2008
Ruby-red. Superripe vibrant nose offers cherry blueberry blackberry mocha and fruity dark chocolate. Rich and wonderfully fine-grained with excellent acidity leavening the impression of superripeness and giving cut to the... Ruby-red. Superripe vibrant nose offers cherry blueberry blackberry mocha and fruity dark chocolate. Rich and wonderfully fine-grained with excellent acidity leavening the impression of superripeness and giving cut to the intense dark berry plum and mineral flavors. Finishes very long and lush with a fine dusting of tannins and noteworthy subtlety. With its 14.5% alcohol this is a big boy but its energy and balance are impressive for such an opulent wine.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2005

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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.

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.