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Larcis Ducasse 2011

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

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: 89/93Robert 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: 90/92Neal Martin,, 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: 91/92James Suckling,, 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: 86/89Derek 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: 17.5James Lawther MW,, April 2012

Good deep red-ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, white pepper, violet and minerals. Concentrated, elegant and deep; really spreads out to coat the palate with redcurrant and sweet spice flavors. The bright, harmonious acidity provides noteworthy lift, giving this wine an attractive light touch. It's also nicely pliant for the vintage, showing no hard edges and finishing extremely long, with sophisticated tannins. A knockout wine.

Score: 91+Ian d'Agata,, July 2014

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