2021 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 96 TWI 96 DC 94 JA 94 VN 94 JD 93 JL 93 WA 91 WS 91
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, January 2024

Very complex and subtle with cedar, dried herb, green tobacco, berry and lavender aromas that follow through to a medium body, with ultra-fine tannins that give a sophistication and beauty to the wine, especially from...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, April 2024

The 2021 Larcis Ducasse is deep garnet-purple in color. It needs a swirl or two to release the most gorgeous perfume of rose oil, cinnamon toast, and kirsch, leading to a core of raspberry coulis, juicy blackberries, and...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2022

Heady and fresh bramble fruits, herbal and savoury on the nose, some earthy tones with soft floral specks. Succulent, touching on sharp and sour, a hit of bright blackberry and blueberry and plum on the palate, searing...
JA 94

janeanson.com, December 2023

A ton of spice on the opening beats, focused on cloves, black pepper, Sichuan pepper, raspberry leaf, oyster shell and crushed rocks. A little austere, still closed down at this stage, but with exceptional verticality and...
VN 94

Vinous, February 2024

The 2021 Larcis Ducasse has turned out better than I expected. It is a shy, introverted Larcis built along super-classic lines—the sort of Saint-Émilion that will emerge only with a number of years in bottle. Spice...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, April 2024

Up with top wines of the vintage, the 2021 Château Larcis Ducasse is a beautiful Saint-Emilion based on 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, with the Merlot harvested between September 29 and October 9, and the Cabernet...
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2024

Elegant, charming and filled with crushed stones, flowers, spice, tobacco, and chocolate covered cherries, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, salty and chewy. This is a finesse-styled vintage with a savory edge to the...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2024

Offering up exotic aromas of minty blackberries and cherries mingled with dark chocolate, confit orange and melted asphalt, the 2021 Larcis Ducasse is medium to full-bodied, with a rich and creamy palate framed by powdery...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, April 2024

Offers red currant and damson plum notes lined with savory accents throughout, while light chalk and potpourri hints underscore the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2034. - JM


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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.

The 2021 Larcis-Ducasse, a Bordeaux blend from Saint-Émilion, France, has garnered attention for its complex and sophisticated profile. The wine, produced by Larcis-Ducasse, is composed of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, with an alcohol content of 13.5%. It was harvested between September 29 and October 11, aged in 50% new oak barrels, and bottled in April 2024.

James Suckling awarded it a high score of 96, praising its "very complex and subtle" aromas, including "cedar, dried herb, green tobacco, berry, and lavender." He highlighted the "ultra-fine tannins" that contribute to its "sophistication and beauty." Suckling recommends drinking it after 2027.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown from The Wine Independent also rated it 96, describing it as "deep garnet-purple in color" with a "gorgeous perfume of rose oil, cinnamon toast, and kirsch." She noted its "medium-bodied" palate with "lovely freshness and plush tannins" framing "mineral-laced red and black fruits."

Jane Anson, giving it a score of 94, noted its "ton of spice on the opening beats," mentioning "cloves, black pepper, Sichuan pepper, raspberry leaf, oyster shell, and crushed rocks." Anson described it as "a little austere" yet with "exceptional verticality and careful architecture."

Jeff Leve, with a score of 93, called it "elegant, charming and filled with crushed stones, flowers, spice, tobacco, and chocolate covered cherries." He emphasized its "savory edge to the black cherries on the mid-palate and in the oceanic finish."

Jeb Dunnuck also rated it 93, stating it is "up with top wines of the vintage." He described its "solid ruby/plum hue" and "beautiful nose of ripe red and black fruits, iron, dried tobacco, leather, and truffly earth," noting its "terrific mid-palate depth" and "balanced, layered, elegant mouthfeel."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it a score of 91, mentioning "exotic aromas of minty blackberries and cherries mingled with dark chocolate, confit orange, and melted asphalt." William Kelley highlighted its "rich and creamy palate framed by powdery tannins" and "discreetly herbal finish."

Wine Spectator, also scoring it 91, noted "red currant and damson plum notes lined with savory accents" and "light chalk and potpourri hints" underscoring the finish.

Overall, the 2021 Larcis-Ducasse is recognized for its complexity, elegance, and potential for aging, making it a noteworthy wine from this vintage.