2010 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • JL 97
  • JS 97
  • NM 95
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
The wine boasts 14.6% natural alcohol and is a final blend of roughly three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, cropped at a ridiculously low 19 hectoliters per hectare. Notes of licorice, garrigue, incense... The wine boasts 14.6% natural alcohol and is a final blend of roughly three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, cropped at a ridiculously low 19 hectoliters per hectare. Notes of licorice, garrigue, incense, smoked meats, espresso, creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur jump from the glass of this unbelievably intense wine. Remarkably full, with compelling freshness and precision, this is a fabulous effort in 2010. It will probably close down over the next several years, and not re-emerge for at least a decade, something that often happens with the bigger, richer, more muscular St.-Emilions from the limestone hillsides and plateaux. This is one of the superstars of the vintage and a profound wine. Drink it between 2020 and 2045. 98+ - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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 97
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
Wow. This is really intense with amazing dark fruit character of crushed blueberries and minerals. It’s full-bodied, with super integrated tannins and a superb finish that lasts for minutes. A fabulous wine. Better in 2019.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2013
Tasted twice both at the UGC in London and in Bordeaux, the Larcis Ducasse (83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc picked between 6th and 19th October and raised in 60% new oak for 16 to 18 months) has a ripe, opulent bouquet... Tasted twice both at the UGC in London and in Bordeaux, the Larcis Ducasse (83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc picked between 6th and 19th October and raised in 60% new oak for 16 to 18 months) has a ripe, opulent bouquet with ravishing dark plum and boysenberry fruit with good definition – certainly a Saint Emilion that shows the personality of the previous vintage. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry with fine minerality showing through. It is very complex, more controlled on the finish than some recent vintages with great poise. This is an excellent Saint Emilion to join the great 2009.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2013
A rich, tongue-coating style, with loamy structure and dense plum sauce, roasted fig and warm dark currant confiture notes, all inlaid with espresso and graphite. Still tightly drawn now, this needs a bit more cellaring... A rich, tongue-coating style, with loamy structure and dense plum sauce, roasted fig and warm dark currant confiture notes, all inlaid with espresso and graphite. Still tightly drawn now, this needs a bit more cellaring to unfurl fully, but there's beautiful polish and lovely fruit worth waiting for. Best from 2016 through 2030. – JM
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines cassis, espresso, smoked meat, crushed rock, olive, caramel and a whiff of V-8. Broad, thick and fine-grained but youthfully tight, with uncanny weight to the flavors of black... Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines cassis, espresso, smoked meat, crushed rock, olive, caramel and a whiff of V-8. Broad, thick and fine-grained but youthfully tight, with uncanny weight to the flavors of black raspberry and minerals. But an exhilarating floral element gives lift to the middle palate. Doesn't have quite the pungent minerality of Pavie but I love the suave extraction here. And the smooth finish goes on and on. A great vintage for this wine, which is made by the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. 94+
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. 98
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2010
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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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.