Showing better than a previous bottle, the 2009 Larcis Ducasse is just now starting to come into its own, offering terrific, full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, licorice, espresso, and leafy herbs. This deep, rich, full-bodied effort has absorbed its oak élevage beautifully, has a layered, unctuous texture, and plenty of sweet tannin. It’s a heavenly Saint Emilion to enjoy over the coming 15+ years.
A complex set of aromas ranging from coffee to forest floor, herbs, licorice, blackberries, cassis and cherries all seem to jump from the glass, and then are joined by a hint of charcoal as well camphor. This is an impressive, full-bodied, dense, concentrated wine that is more up-front and approachable than the 2005 was at a similar stage, but it is remarkably expressive, full-bodied, dense and capable of lasting 20-25 years.
Located in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, Château Larcis-Ducasse is a Premier Grand Cru Classe B wine producer. Dating back to the 16th century, this Merlot-dominant producer has been owned by the Gratiot Alphandéry family. Situated on the east of Château Pavie and to the north of Château Troplong Mondot, Château Larcis-Ducasse 11 hectares vineyards lies on a range of soil types from limestone to clay. The winery’s production remains very limited only producing around 4000 cases annually, striving to produce quality wines from the states diverse terroirs. In 2010, the Larcis Ducasse vineyard started producing a second wine, Murmure de Larcis Ducasse. Château Larcis-Ducasse caught the attention of highly acclaimed critic Robert Parker, giving “2005 Larcis-Ducasse” a perfect 100 point score.
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