Larcis Ducasse 2018

SubregionSt Emilion

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. The vineyard is planted with 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. The 2018 was picked from September 21st to October 4th and the yield was 32 hl/ha. 89% Merlot.

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Larcis Ducasse features wonderfully expressive scents of baked black and red plums, kirsch, rose hip tea and cigar box with hints of pencil shavings, baked redcurrants and truffles plus a waft of licorice. Full-bodied and beautifully nuanced on the palate, it has layer upon layer of red and black fruit preserves with beautiful, velvety tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

Score: 96/98Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

This is very structured and powerful with bright and electric acidity and fine-grained yet muscular tannins. Full-bodied yet compact and focused. Greatly formed. Flexing. Thoughtful.

Score: 97/98James Suckling,, April 2019

A wine of total sophistication and class, Larcis Ducasse is fabulous in 2018. Freshly cut flowers, bright red fruit, espresso, licorice and wild flowers are all vibrant in the glass. The 2018 marries fruit intensity, energy and structure like few wines in this vintage. The 2018 is deceptive in its mid-weight structure, but it packs a real punch. There is an element of precision in Larcis that is truly remarkable. Even with all of its intensity, Larcis retains its characteristic linear feel and drive. I loved it. Tasted three times.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni,, May 2019

Black core with the thinnest of purple rims. Has both cassis and a more wild elderberry aroma. Tannins are really definite but not thick, firm but rounded, and there's freshness to counterbalance the fullness and power. Long, blackcurrant finish.
Drink 2025-2035

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2019

Glass-staining and inky in colour, the nose here is extremely sweet, with tarry liquorice and damson jam. The palate follows, dominated by liquorice and baked fruit. The tannins come in a rush and dry out the sweetness of fruit, leaving a rasping finish that feels out of sync with the warming alcohol. This is a very modern and extracted wine, and whilst impressive in concentration, is an acquired taste.

Score: 14.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

Incorporating 11% Cabernet Franc, the Merlot-dominated 2018 Château Larcis Ducasse come from an 11.5-hectare parcel of clay and limestone soils, on the south facing hillside just outside of Saint-Émilion, and there are only 2,400 cases made, which equates to 72% of the total production. This deeply colored beauty offers a thrilling blue fruit quality as well as complex violets, graphite, and a liquid rock-like minerality. It's deep and thrillingly pure, with fine tannins and a beautiful finish. This is an incredible terroir, and the estate has been firing on all cylinders thanks to the talents of Nicolas Thienpont and David Suire. Give bottles 4-5 years (if you can) and it will keep for 30-40 years if you’re so inclined.

Score: 95/97+Jeb Dunnuck,, May 2019

A solid wine, with raspberry and red currant fruit adhering to chalk and iron notes, while ample grip drives underneath. Reveals a mouthwatering tobacco accent at the end.

Score: 94/97James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019

(89 Merlot, 11 Cabernet Franc) | 45% new oak | 14.5% alc This is a powerful Larcis and the oak influence is quite strong, but the fruit has a lot of depth and perfume and even though there are some vegetal notes it is a sturdy, structured wine.

Score: 16.5+Matthew Jukes,, April 2019

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