Chateau Larcis-Ducasse Saint Emilion 2010


SKU 01797


Top 100 Wine of the Year 2013: Known for its excellent terroir, Larcis-Ducasse borders the vineyard of Chateau Pavie, and enjoys a full southerly exposure. Planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the average age of the vines is 35 years. In 2002, the owners hired the talented duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt to produce the wines.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Chateau Larcis-Ducasse
Alcohol/vol 14.6%
  • wa98+

Wine AdvocateThe wine boasts 14.6% natural alcohol and is a final blend of roughly three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, cropped at a ridiculously low 19 hectoliters per hectare. Notes of licorice, garrigue, incense, smoked meats, espresso, creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur jump from the glass of this unbelievably intense wine. Remarkably full, with compelling freshness and precision, this is a fabulous effort in 2010. It will probably close down over the next several years, and not re-emerge for at least a decade, something that often happens with the bigger, richer, more muscular St.-Emilions from the limestone hillsides and plateaux. This is one of the superstars of the vintage and a profound wine. Drink it between 2020 and 2045.

Robert Parker, February 2013
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorA rich, tongue-coating style, with loamy structure and dense plum sauce, roasted fig and warm dark currant confiture notes, all inlaid with espresso and graphite. Still tightly drawn now, this needs a bit more cellaring to unfurl fully, but there's beautiful polish and lovely fruit worth waiting for. Best from 2016 through 2030.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013
  • we89-91

Wine EnthusiastFirmly structured, while also boosted with sweet, smoky fruits and ripe tannins. The wine has style more than power, and the juicy berry fruits give it acidity and a fresh aftertaste.

Roger Voss, June 25, 2011