Hard to believe this. It has a minerality and intensity like a great white wine with so much chalky character that it gives an oyster shell flavor. Full and racy. Shaking my head in intrigue. Wonderfully silky tannins.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Larcis-Ducasse is showing just a touch of brettanomyces on the nose that obscures the terroir expression. This is broody and introverted, perhaps closed down for the time being. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, quite masculine and strict. It feels like there is a lot of Cabernet Franc here (although there is just 13% in the blend). Yet there is plenty of freshness, quite classic in style with a long and precise finish. Excellent, but not as immediate as its peers. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Larcis Ducasse has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, cedar and tobacco aromas that take time to find their voice. This is far more introverted than older vintages, more cerebral. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp acidity, lithe in the mouth with a strict and quite linear, tertiary finish. It just needs a little more expression but that will hopefully come with time. This is a long-term Larcis-Ducasse that is going to bide its time, but there is nothing wrong with that. Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2050.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Larcis-Ducasse is a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet France, picked between 28 September and 10 October, 7-13 October respectively. Cropped at 37 hl/ha it is being matured in 500-liter barrels. It has an intense nose of raspberry preserve, boysenberries and an almost honeyed-like richness that thankfully retains freshness and delineation, when it could have been over-powering. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little grainy in texture, very well-balanced and graceful, gently building to a convincing, quite minerally, blackberry and wild strawberry finish. There is superb terroir expression here, an excellent Larcis-Ducasse that should offer 3-4 decades of drinking pleasure. Drink 2022-2055
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Larcis Ducasse opens with opulent scents of blueberry pie, baked plums and spice cake with nuances of unsmoked cigars, dusty soil, licorice and a touch of salami. Big, rich, full-bodied and incredibly impactful on the palate, it proudly struts its bold black and blue fruits with a plush, velvet-textured cape, finishing long and spicy. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
The aromas to this are phenomenal with oyster shell, blackberries, iodine and black truffles. Full-bodied, layered and so refined and intense. Love the texture and intensity. Chalky. Amazing. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2023.
|Score: 99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Larcis Ducasse is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel. Rose petal, lavender, spice and mint give it an attractive upper register that melds seamlessly into a core of inky red and purplish fruit. Dense, powerful and overt, the 2015 also has quite a bit of freshness to liven up the flavors. Silky tannins and soft contours add to the wine's racy, sensual personality. The 2015 is going to be virtually impossible to resist in its youth. 2022 - 2040
|Score: 97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
One of the stars of the vintage, the 2015 Larcis Ducasse is intensely aromatic, silky and totally sensual from the very first taste. The purity of the fruit here is striking. Even so, it will be many years before the 2015 is ready to show all it's got. Today, it is the wine's total sense of harmony that is absolutely alluring. A rush of raspberry jam, pomegranate and blood orange leaves a lasting impression. The 2015 is a dramatic, richly-textured Larcis Ducasse long on class and pedigree. The blend is 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc picked between September 28 and October 12 and aged in 50% new oak. Tasted two times.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Toast and lift and interest on the nose here, but it’s a bit heavy and stodgy. Rather raw tannins on the end. Dry, sudden finish.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Intense but mellow nose. Rich and round on the palate with some zest. A light animal note gives this drama. But it's not forced. Just a slight vegy note on the end.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Deep crimson. Rich, dark but withheld on the nose and a lovely rocky dry impression. A little more fragrant with air. Juicy and fresh, finely structured and already in harmony if not (yet) approachable. Elegant length. (JH) 14.5%
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
A more elegant, finesse-driven style of cuvee than normal, the 2015 Château Larcis-Ducasse is comprised of close to 90% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc. It reveals a terrific bouquet of cassis, spring flowers, cedary spice and forest floor, with more graphite and lead pencil nuances developing as it sat in the glass. With full-bodied richness, a tight, backward, yet promising style on the palate, beautiful tannin quality, and a great finish, it’s an undeniably classy, balanced 2015 that will reward 2-4 years of bottle age. 2020 - 2040
|Score: 96||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Bright and fresh there is a strong red fruit influence. The start of the palate is light but it does fill out a bit in the middle with sweet black fruits. The back palate is firm the finish quite tight. 2021-32
|Score: 86/88||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
|Score: 89||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
A good, powerful, chunky Larcis with a firm attack and a nice compact chassis. This will do well over the medium term.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|