2021 Larcis-Ducasse Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 JD 95 DC 94 JA 94 JL 94 WA 94 VN 93
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, May 2022

(JS 94-95 points) This is medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Already has an expressive nose of blackcurrants, blackberries, white pepper, cloves and black licorice. Salty minerality. Fresh and fine. Spicy...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, June 2022

(JD 93-95+ points) I think one of the undeniable successes in the vintage is the 2021 Château Larcis Ducasse, which hails from a magical terroir on the south-facing hillside just outside of Saint-Emilion. There's...
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, April 2022

Not giving too much away yet but there are layers here, and plump if restrained fruit, lots of white pepper, blueberry, blackcurrant. We are still in sculpted, subdued territory, but this is luscious and finessed and has...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2022

(JL 92-94 points) Oyster shell, crushed rocks, flowers, smoke, licorice, espresso roasted cherries, and plums create the complex aromatic profile. On the palate, this is a finesse-styled vintage, medium-bodied, plummy...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2022

(WA 92-94 points) A blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, the 2021 Larcis Ducasse wafts from the glass with aromas of cherries, blackberries, violets, warm spices and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, deep and...
VN 93

Vinous, May 2022

(91-93 points) The 2021 Lards Ducasse was picked from 29 September until 11 October at a respectable 34hL/ha, representing 65% of the total production this year. It has an almost gentle, atypically understated bouquet...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
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 is a Bordeaux Blend wine from the esteemed Saint Emilion region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and elegant label, this wine immediately catches the eye and promises a sensory experience like no other.

On the nose, the 2021 Larcis-Ducasse offers a captivating bouquet of cherries, blackberries, and violets, accompanied by enticing aromas of warm spices and forest floor. The complex layers of aromas create a symphony of scents that draw you in and leave you eager to take your first sip.

As you indulge in this medium to full-bodied wine, you will be delighted by its deep and attractively layered profile. The lively acids and chalky, saline finish contribute to the wine's overall balance and structure, making it a true standout. The selective approach taken by Nicolas Thienpont and his team during the winemaking process is evident in the exceptional quality of this vintage. The grand vin is derived almost entirely from the slope, with minimal contribution from the plateau above, ensuring the utmost expression of the terroir.

Renowned wine critics have showered the 2021 Larcis-Ducasse with praise. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awards it an impressive 94 points, describing it as a "terrific effort." James Suckling rates it even higher, awarding it 95 points and praising its firm, silky tannins and expressive nose filled with blackcurrants, blackberries, and white pepper.

Jane Anson, another respected critic, highlights the wine's luscious and finessed qualities, noting its layers of fruit, white pepper, and clear salinity. Meanwhile, Jeb Dunnuck is captivated by its dense purple hue, powerful aromatics, and medium to full-bodied richness.

The 2021 Larcis-Ducasse is a wine that exudes confidence, concentration, and power while maintaining sleekness and nuance. Its complexity and character make it a true gem in the world of Bordeaux blends. Whether enjoyed now or aged for years to come, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.