2011 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 93
  • IWC 93
  • JS 93
  • NM 92
  • WA 90

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WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
This is lovely with floral notes at first which are then followed by pure precise blueberry plum and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Features a silky texture fine acidity and a buried mineral hint on the finish... This is lovely with floral notes at first which are then followed by pure precise blueberry plum and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Features a silky texture fine acidity and a buried mineral hint on the finish. Classy.-J.M.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Inky purple. Sexy black fruity cocktail on the nose complicated by grapey smoky and vanillin nuances. Rich dense and suave with juicy delineated blackberry and black cherry fruit complicated by minerals and fresh... Inky purple. Sexy black fruity cocktail on the nose complicated by grapey smoky and vanillin nuances. Rich dense and suave with juicy delineated blackberry and black cherry fruit complicated by minerals and fresh flowers. The smooth finish features spicy chocolate and plum flavors. Though concentrated and rich this wine maintains a lovely graceful high-acid quality that provides for maximum definition of its flavors. A beautiful wine and one of my sentimental favorites of the vintage.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
A wine with a beautiful concentration of fruit and depth. Full body with fully integrated tannins and a long, long finish. A touch of decadence. Superb for the vintage. Better in 2017.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The Larcis Ducasse has a very opulent bouquet with ravishing red berry fruit and just a touch of reduction. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry. Grippy tannins a lot of extraction here; this is a "pumped... The Larcis Ducasse has a very opulent bouquet with ravishing red berry fruit and just a touch of reduction. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry. Grippy tannins a lot of extraction here; this is a "pumped up" Larcis with a weighty quite dense finish of oaky red fruit. A little chewy on the finish but I admire its purity and panache. Tasted April 2012.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
This dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 exhibits a stunning bouquet of black fruits, spring flowers and confiture of cherries, raspberries, spice and earth. Complete from beginning to end, this medium-bodied 2011 does not... This dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 exhibits a stunning bouquet of black fruits, spring flowers and confiture of cherries, raspberries, spice and earth. Complete from beginning to end, this medium-bodied 2011 does not possesses as much power as the 2005, 2009 or 2010, but it is a highly successful effort for the vintage. Moreover, it can be drunk early on as it is a delicious, complex St.-Emilion that should last 10-15 years. This is a final blend of 78% Merlot, and 22% Cabernet Franc cropped at 21 hectoliters per hectare. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JJB 94
Devon Magee - JJ Buckley, April 2012
Planted to 78% merlot and 22% cabernet franc. This 10.85 hectare vineyard sits on the limestone-based soils of the south/southwest exposed Cote Pavie. Notes of cranberry and spice on the nose. The palate is up-front with... Planted to 78% merlot and 22% cabernet franc. This 10.85 hectare vineyard sits on the limestone-based soils of the south/southwest exposed Cote Pavie. Notes of cranberry and spice on the nose. The palate is up-front with rich deep juicy ripe blueberry fruit and a tannic texture. Hedonistic and long with its fresh acidity this will need 2-3 years in bottle to integrate. Top Right Bank enologists Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt consult. Enjoy 2017-2025. Tasted twice.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2011

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.