2008 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 93
  • JS 93
  • VN 92
  • WE 92
  • WS 90
  • JR 90

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
The 2008 Larcis Ducasse (14.2% natural alcohol) is composed of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Although closed at present and less prodigious than I predicted two years ago it reveals an opaque purple color plenty of... The 2008 Larcis Ducasse (14.2% natural alcohol) is composed of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Although closed at present and less prodigious than I predicted two years ago it reveals an opaque purple color plenty of sweet fruitcake black currant kirsch forest floor and earthy characteristics a full-bodied mouthfeel sweet tannins and a long finish. It just does not appear to have the extra gear or two I tasted from barrel. Nevertheless it is an outstanding wine and if it is priced fairly it should be a definite purchase to enjoy over the next 20+ years.
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Wild and rich, with mushroom, foie gras and intense fruits. Lots of Cabernet Franc character. Full and silky, with a wonderful texture and a long caressing finish. This is chewy too. Give it four to five years of bottle... Wild and rich, with mushroom, foie gras and intense fruits. Lots of Cabernet Franc character. Full and silky, with a wonderful texture and a long caressing finish. This is chewy too. Give it four to five years of bottle age. Structured. Impressive.
VN 92
Vinous, February 2018
The 2008 Larcis-Ducasse felt a little reduced on the nose, eventually opening with black cherries, boysenberry jam and cedar scents, perhaps just a hint of VA just knocking the definition a little. The palate is... The 2008 Larcis-Ducasse felt a little reduced on the nose, eventually opening with black cherries, boysenberry jam and cedar scents, perhaps just a hint of VA just knocking the definition a little. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit laced with cedar, dried blood and meat juices, nicely structured and dense with plenty of freshness towards the slightly animally finish. Fascinating, ready to drink now but it will age with style. (Tasted at the château and at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual vertical tasting.) -- Neal Martin
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
(WE 90-92 points) Big, ripe fruits, spiced with new wood, a big-hearted blackberry wine, sweet tannins, potentially generous.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, January 2013
Plum skin, briar and blackberry notes flesh out nicely in this version, while the finish shows more currant and licorice notes. Turns polished, thanks to well-embedded acidity. Fresh and engaging now but just a bit... Plum skin, briar and blackberry notes flesh out nicely in this version, while the finish shows more currant and licorice notes. Turns polished, thanks to well-embedded acidity. Fresh and engaging now but just a bit high-toned at the very end. This may not be suitable for extended cellaring, but should be nice to watch progress through the end of this decade.—Larcis Ducasse non-blind vertical (December 2012). Drink now through 2019. –JM
JR 90
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2018
(17/20) Tasted blind. Sweet, charming nose. Good freshness and integration. Straightforward without excess tannin and lots of vigour. Excellent balance.
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, April 2009
(Tasted with Stephane Derenoncourt). Located very close to Pavie Dernoncourt explained that this property may have the best terroir in St. Emilion. An exceptional nose with great complexity - enchanting notes of fresh... (Tasted with Stephane Derenoncourt). Located very close to Pavie Dernoncourt explained that this property may have the best terroir in St. Emilion. An exceptional nose with great complexity - enchanting notes of fresh blackberry cherry flowers and chocolate just spill from the glass. Very clean and showing great purity the dark fruit flavors are deep and rich. The tannins are very well integrated. A beautiful wine that will be immediately pleasurable and will hopefully get better with age.
JJB 92
JJ Buckley, February 2011
78% merlot 22% cabernet franc. The vines average 35 years. The 2008 vintage and Stephane Derenoncourt brought about a pretty interpretation of this wine with subtle pure fruit aromas melding into notes of fresh herbs... 78% merlot 22% cabernet franc. The vines average 35 years. The 2008 vintage and Stephane Derenoncourt brought about a pretty interpretation of this wine with subtle pure fruit aromas melding into notes of fresh herbs caraway and peppercorn. The midpalate is round offering a clean core of fruit backed up with smoky tannins on the finish. Nice length though a bit reserved at the moment. With this property's recent track record (such as the sublime 2007) I expect it will improve with time.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2008

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.