Château Larcis Ducasse, a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, has belonged to the Gratiot-Attmane family since 1893. Starting in 2002, Nicolas Thienpont has perpetuated the family's efforts to produce quality wines, assisted by consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt. Larcis Ducasse's character is defined by its clay-limestone soil and south-facing sun exposure conducive to ripeness. The wines have a fresh, mineral flavour. Their complexity and structure are due to the varied nature of the parent rock, which goes from asteriated limestone on the plateau to feldspathic, iron-rich sandy soil at the foot of the slope. Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines are planted according to the profile of each part of the vineyard. The final blend features well-balanced, characterful flavours and fine tannin. Sustainable viticultural practices coupled with low yields, gentle fermentation, and barrel ageing adapted to each vintage reflect all the elegance and personality of this great terroir.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.
|Grape varieties||Merlot/Cabernet Franc|
|Revue du Vin de France||16|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LARCIS DUCASSE 33330 ST LAURENT DES COMBES FRANCE|
|Classification||Grand cru classe|
|Producer||Château Larcis Ducasse|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 17
- Vineyard : Libournais
- Wine Spectator : 91
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Merlot/Cabernet Franc