The wine exhibits a distinctive peppery, slightly herbaceous, exotic nose that initially is difficult to fathom. This rich, medium-bodied 2011 continues with a certain herbaceous streak that runs through the flavors. Nevertheless, there is impressive ripeness, concentration and density, and the tannins are velvety and well-integrated. If the green, peppery character calms down somewhat, my score should climb into the low 90s. However, this is not one of the top Larcis Ducasses made in the last 7-8 years.
An original effort, Larcis Ducasse-s 2011 is different from the great vintages that have been produced since 2005. This spectacular terroir on the Cote Pavie encompasses 25 acres with an average vine age of 35 years. Yields were a tiny 21 hectoliters per hectare in 2011, and the final blend was 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc.
|Score: 89/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), 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 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.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
Blackberries and black truffles on the nose. Complex. Full body, with a lively acidity that turns to orange peel and dark fruits. Minerally and chalky on the palate. Lively finish.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
There has been a stunning transformation here in the last few years. This fabulously situated 10 hectare vineyard (next door to Pavie on the best slope in Saint Emilion) has always had potential but has never before produced really great wine. In 2002, Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt of neighbouring Pavie Macquin, took control of both the vineyard and the winemaking and it is now making very serious wines. Intense, rich and ripe on the nose with lots of spice and pain grillé. Very opulent and impressive on the palate, this is a heavyweight wine that goes all out to show its power. The finish is a little dry, but it's hard to ignore the concentration.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
Although the nose is tight red fruited the palate is richer and sweeter with a nice weight of fruit in the middle. The tannins feel ripe giving structure but not over dominating the flavours.
|Score: 86/89||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
Opulent but serious with lively, ripe fruit overlaying a firm, long-ageing structure. Great balance between the fruit and limestone terroir. Premier grand cru classé level. Drink 2020-2035.
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012|