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Larcis Ducasse 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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. The wines here are impressively concentrated in style. The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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Tasting Notes

The 2021 Larcis 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 with brambly red fruit, wilted rose petal and light undergrowth scents. The palate is linear and structured, far removed from the occasionally opulent Larcis Ducasse of warming seasons. Quite saline in the mouth, this is distinguished by a liberal sprinkling of cracked black and Spanish Padron pepper towards the finely persistent finish. Classy and full of character.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

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 attractively layered, with lively acids and a chalky, saline finish, this is a terrific effort. Nicolas Thienpont and his team were extremely selective this year, and the grand vin derives almost entirely from the slope, without much contribution from the plateau above.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 is 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple colour. Full of sweet liquorice and roasted plums on the nose. This follows on the palate, which has a generous fruit core layered with notes of soy and tobacco. The tannins start succulent but have a slight astringency on the finish at this stage. A sweet start that ends dry - if this knits together it will be a good, full-blooded wine, but there is a question mark on the level of sweet spice and extraction at this stage.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

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 finish. Lengthy, too. 86% merlot and 14% cabernet franc.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2021 Larcis Ducasse opens with delicate scents of wild blueberries and Morello cherries, leading to notions of star anise, lilacs and tree bark. Medium-bodied, the palate is soft and well balanced with bright fruit and a fragrant finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 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 all the elements to plump out over ageing. Clear salinity, oyster shell and crushed rocks. To achieve this, they chose not to use their plots right on the austere limestone plateau, but selected from the richer clay 'molasses de fronsadais' on the slopes, and also not from the sandier areas at the bottom of the slopes. 34hl/h yield, 65% 1st wine a little less than usual, 50% new oak. Harvest September 29 to October 11. Tasted three times, excellent quality.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Deep crimson to the rim. Aromatically discreet but fresh. Lovely texture of tannin, the fruit gently seductive. Less punch than some years but charm and finesse. Clean, if a little dry on the finish. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2038

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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