2010 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 97 JL 97 WA 97 DC 95 NM 94 WS 94
JS 97

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.
JL 97

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...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2020

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Larcis Ducasse opens a little subdued, offering glimpses of tobacco leaf, cast-iron pan and dusty soil over a core of raisin cake and Indian spices plus a touch of figs. Full-bodied, rich...
DC 95

Decanter, September 2020

This is deep and powerful and right from the nose you’re taken up to another level. I can feel the layers of flavour here; black olive is just the beginning of the richness of this with black cherry, raspberry and cassis...
NM 94

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...
WS 94

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...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2010
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.