Larcis Ducasse 2008

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2008 Larcis Ducasse (14.2% natural alcohol) is composed of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Although closed at present and less prodigious than I predicted two years ago, it reveals an opaque purple color, plenty of sweet fruitcake, black currant, kirsch, forest floor and earthy characteristics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannins and a long finish. It just does not appear to have the extra gear or two I tasted from barrel. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding wine and if it is priced fairly, it should be a definite purchase to enjoy over the next 20+ years.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

For decades to come, the 2008 Larcis Ducasse will undoubtedly be compared with this estate's immortal 2005. I did not expect such a blockbuster effort from this St.-Emilion property, but low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and a harvest that lasted from October 9th to October 20th produced a wine with the highest alcohol level, 14.2%, ever achieved. Consultants Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt seemed to have coaxed just about everything one could from this extraordinary terroir. The final blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc has resulted in an opaque purple-colored wine exhibiting a sweet, almost intoxicating perfume of blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with notions of spring flowers, forest floor, and damp earth. Full-bodied and opulent with an outrageously pure, textured mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and slightly more acidity than the monster 2005, this is a tour de force as well as one of the most compelling wines of the vintage. Given the global economic crisis, I suspect the price should be one-third to one-half of the 2005. In short, that means readers should buy, buy, buy. The 2008 should be approachable after bottling (because of the sweetness of the tannins as well as the extraordinary ripe fruit), and evolve for 20-30 years.

Score: 95/97Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009

The 2008 Larcis-Ducasse felt a little reduced on the nose, eventually opening with black cherries, boysenberry jam and cedar scents, perhaps just a hint of VA just knocking the definition a little. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit laced with cedar, dried blood and meat juices, nicely structured and dense with plenty of freshness towards the slightly animally finish. Fascinating, ready to drink now but it will age with style. 2018 - 2032

Score: 92Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Larcis-Ducasse is clean, pure and elegant on the nose with wild strawberry and blueberry aromas, well-integrated oak and floral, pressed flower aromas developing with time. It is opulent, but not over-bearing. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline entry, black olive and rounded black fruits that lead to a finely focused, almost tertiary finish. This is one of finest wines from this Saint Emilion estate in recent years. Tasted January 2012.

Score: 92Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

This has a ripe, dark cherry, bergamot tinged nose, more refined than recent vintages with a touch of warm earth. The palate is full-bodied with chewy tannins, a good level of ripeness and purity with a grainy finish. Very good depth and expression. This is a more constrained style of Larcis-Ducasse, ergo I prefer this to other vintages. Tasted April 2009.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009

Intense black licorice and black fruits, almost black currant. Very aromatic. Full-bodied yet refined, with ultraripe and fine tannins and sweet, pretty fruit. Long

Score: 90/93James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2009

Looks very slightly more evolved than most but with enormous colour concentration. Dark, tarry and porty. Thick and grating and quite painful drying tannins on the finish. Still very much a baby. Hence the ? after the score.

Score: 15.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

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