2010 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 97
  • JL 97
  • JS 96
  • WS 95
  • NM 94

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: An excellent effort stylistically the 2010 comes as close to the 2005 as one will find. The wine was made from remarkably low yields of 19 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend was approximately 75% Merlot and... 2010: An excellent effort stylistically the 2010 comes as close to the 2005 as one will find. The wine was made from remarkably low yields of 19 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend was approximately 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The late harvest (it finished during the third week of October) was managed impeccably by the dynamic duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. This phenomenal terroir situated with a south/southeast exposition on the limestone soils of the Cote Pavie has produced a wine with great individuality. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of black currants sweet cherries garrigue licorice and incense. Already complex it reveals formidably endowed full-bodied flavors a skyscraper-like texture marvelous depth moderately high tannins and excellent precision as well as freshness (which gives the wine that 2005-like personality). This 2010 will require 4-5 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 20-25 years thereafter.
JL 97
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Larcis Ducasse The color of dark purple ink pungent aromas of crushed stone fresh ground spice licorice and intense jammy berries lead the wine to a powerful rich dense sexy mouthful of opulent juicy fruit. This wine... Larcis Ducasse The color of dark purple ink pungent aromas of crushed stone fresh ground spice licorice and intense jammy berries lead the wine to a powerful rich dense sexy mouthful of opulent juicy fruit. This wine coats your palate. Long pure and incredibly rich this offers competition to the sublime 2005 Larcis Ducasse.
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
The intensity to this wine is incredible with an electric dark fruit character and dark chocolate note. It's so lively and vibrant. Full and beautiful.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
A nice winey core of crushed red and black currant fruit is laced with ample anise and graphite notes. Stretching out nicely already on the finish with fresh acidity.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2011
My sample of Larcis was unexpectedly taciturn but gradually unfurls to reveal notes of crème de cassis blueberry fresh violets and cherry liqueur. The palate is very rounded on the entry supple tannins good weight and... My sample of Larcis was unexpectedly taciturn but gradually unfurls to reveal notes of crème de cassis blueberry fresh violets and cherry liqueur. The palate is very rounded on the entry supple tannins good weight and purity towards the caressing finish if not quite the tension or complexity of the 2009. A second bottle (a fresh example) is much more vibrant and precise.
JJB 98
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, April 2011
78% merlot 22% cabernet franc. 11.15 hectare vineyard with an average vine age of 35 years. Hand harvested and sorted at four different tables. Miniscule yields of only 19 hls/ha after sorting selection and saignee. Aged... 78% merlot 22% cabernet franc. 11.15 hectare vineyard with an average vine age of 35 years. Hand harvested and sorted at four different tables. Miniscule yields of only 19 hls/ha after sorting selection and saignee. Aged in 2/3 new oak and 1/3 one-wine old barrels. Merlot was harvested Oct 6 through 19 and cabernet on Oct 19. Opaque color that stains the glass the deeply concentrated nose is pure and intense with gobs of ripe fruit slowly opening to reveal some notes of wet stones and licorice. The palate is exotically flavored with mouth filling textures that is enlivened by some fresh acidity. Minerally tannins are seamlessly woven into the layered finish. A stunning vintage for Larcis Ducasse it will be drinkable a few years after release through 2030. Estate is managed by Nicholas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. 2200 cases produced. Tasted three times.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2010

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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.