Larcis Ducasse 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

This 10 hectare property is situated close to Pavie on the best south-facing slope in Saint Emilion. In 2002, Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt of neighbouring Pavie Macquin, took control of both the vineyard and the winemaking and the wines here have become rather concentrated and inky in style. Around 83% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Franc.


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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Larcis Ducasse is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel. Pliant and deep, with terrific fruit purity, Larcis possesses striking fruit purity and tons of resonance. Red cherry, blood orange, pomegranate, mint, spice, licorice and mocha infuse the 2017 with striking complexity as well as nuance. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gem. Larcis is never one of the most obvious wines in Saint-Émilion, but it is often among the most regal. Best of all, Larcis remains one of the best values anywhere in the world. 2025 - 2047.

Score: 96Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020

The 2017 Larcis Ducasse was picked from 18 September until 2 October. It has a very well defined bouquet with tightly wound black cherries, raspberry and bilberry fruit, touches of iodine developing in the glass, comparatively intense for a 2017 vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, but just missing that "spark" that would elevate it higher. It has fine density and gentle grip with touches of brown spice and mint towards the finish. It closes in rather "serious" fashion with moderate length. Tasted at the Larcis Ducasse vertical in Bordeaux. Drink 2022-2038.

Score: 91Neal Martin, vinous.com (March 2020), February 2020

The 2017 Larcis-Ducasse was cropped at 34hl/ha from 18 to 29 September for the Merlot and 29 September to 2 October for the Cabernet Franc. It has a very high-toned, iodine-tinged bouquet that just lacks the usual harmony, and certainly the cohesion that I discerned apropos the 2015 and 2016 vintages at this early stage. The palate is underpinned by fine tannin and here demonstrates much more harmony than the aromatics. The black fruit is flecked by black pepper and subtle fennel notes, the tannins are quite fine and the finish is much more linear and stricter than recent vintages. It is a more classically styled Larcis-Ducasse this year but it should age well. I expect it will land towards the upper end of my banded score.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Larcis Ducasse (a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc) has a very enticing nose of kirsch, warm blackberries, baked plums and wild blueberries with hints of pencil lead, tar, tilled soil and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly knit with great poise and subtlety, offering bright, energetic fruit and loads of minerally sparks, finishing with great length. Drink: 2021-2039

Score: 95Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

The 2017 Larcis Ducasse is deep garnet-purple colored with a bombastic, gregarious nose of preserved plums, baked blackberries and mocha with hints of sautéed herbs, pencil lead and chargrilled meats plus a waft of yeast extract. The palate is big, rich and full-bodied with a very firm frame of chewy tannins and lashings of oak joining with opulent fruit, finishing long

Score: 92/94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

This is a wine that is showing lots of structure with tightly wound tannins that spin through the center palate. Full-bodied, intense and beautiful. Pure and real. Drink after 2025.

Score: 96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

A very pretty and structured red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of limestone character. Medium to full body, solid tannins and a real freshness underneath. Long and flavorful.

Score: 94/95James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Larcis Ducasse is a rich, sensual wine, with softer contours and more plushness than is typically the case, part of which is attributable to the vintage and part of which is the result of gentler winemaking. Dark red cherry and plum fruit is nicely pushed forward in this succulent, racy Saint-Émilion. Mocha, licorice and menthol wrap around the juicy, pliant finish. The 2017 is an especially succulent, racy Larcis. It has been consistently brilliant on the four occasions I have tasted it so far.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018

Deep crimson. Lifted and lots of red fruit, relatively light but silky and fresh. Falls away a little on the finish with a slight lack of fruit depth and follow through.
Drink 2022-2028

Score: 16Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

A thick, rich and extracted purple colour with lots of viscosity in the glass. The nose is herbal and yet baked at the same time, with heavy roasted coffee and liquorice. The palate initially shows lots of glycerol and syrupy thickness before a cut of heavy, fully extracted tannins. The result is a muddled mid-palate in which the fruit is lost beneath syrupy yet puckering texture, leaving an impression of hollowness. The finish is toasty, with oak, rather than fruit, the lasting impression.

Score: 13.5Farr Vintners, April 2018

Grilled oak aromas, with blackberry fruit that struggles to make itself heard, although it does achieve a feeling of richness in the mouth. There is unquestionable impact through the palate, but it sits a little heavily on the finish. Despite this, they have maintained their signature style and deliver a wine of personality.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

Score: 88Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

I am not a fan of this wine simply because the fruit is too grubby and boggy and it lacks clarity. Add to this a very heavy-handed approach to the oak and it is all too much. I have tasted it a few times and this note has no upside, sadly.

Score: 15.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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