Larcis Ducasse 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

This 10 hectare property is situated close to Pavie on the best south-facing slope in Saint Emilion. In 2002, Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt of neighbouring Pavie Macquin, took control of both the vineyard and the winemaking and the wines here have become rather concentrated and inky in style. Around 83% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Franc.


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Larcis-Ducasse, matured in 50% new oak, has an intense, flamboyant bouquet of black cherry, soy and hoisin aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, and quite masculine, having firmed up since en primeur. The finish is precise. This is a sophisticated Larcis Ducasse that may surprise some people with its restraint, yet Nicolas Thienpont and his team have retained the intensity that has become the signature of this Saint-Émilion. Drink 2022-2050

Score: 94Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Larcis-Ducasse is a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc picked between 12-19 October, matured in 225- and 500-liter barrels. It matured in 50% new oak, which is a lower proportion than you would have found in 2009 or 2010. It has a lively, expressive bouquet with detailed blackberry, briary and cranberry aromas that are neatly embroidered with the new oak, allowing the terroir to show through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well balanced, quite spicy and peppery in the mouth but maintaining satisfying tension from start to finish. This is a very well crafted Larcis-Ducasse although I hope that during the élevage it will just gain more persistence on the aftertaste. One to watch. Drink Date 2022 - 2050

Score: 93/95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Larcis Ducasse sashays gracefully out of the glass with beautiful Black Forest cake, red cherry compote, raspberry preserves and blackberry pie scents plus hints of cigar box, Ceylon tea, dried lavender and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers gorgeous red and black fruit preserves flavors with a wonderfully plush texture and very long, perfumed finish. 2021 - 2049

Score: 96Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018

This is very polished and beautiful with ultra-fine tannins and a long, linear finish. It has a density and beauty that seduces you.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Larcis Ducasse is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Silky, supple and gracious to the core, it possesses exceptional textural finesse and nuance from start to finish. Nothing is out place; instead, in 2016 Larcis impresses with its poise, depth and centeredness. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and lavender infuse the creamy, resonant finish, and all the richness of this south-facing site comes through loud and clear. Quite simply, the 2016 is an exceptional Larcis. Don't miss it! Tasted four times.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Very floral and sumptuous on the nose. Rich and round and perfumed. Lots of juice and appeal. Interesting! A hint of sweet leather. Grown-up wine.
Drink 2025-2040

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This 10 hectare property is situated close to Pavie on the best south-facing slope in Saint Emilion. In 2002, Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt of neighbouring Pavie Macquin, took control of both the vineyard and the winemaking and the wines here of become rather concentrated and inky in style. Around 83% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Franc. This year the blend is 87% Merlot, with 13% Cabernet Franc. A deep, glass-staining colour. The nose is heady and rich - tar, damsons and bonfire all compete for attention. The palate is dense, initially sweet and plummy in character, and then building to powerful, coarse tannins that overwhelm the palate at this stage. Notes of raisins, plum jam and wood smoke carry through to an intense, drying finish.

Score: 14Farr Vintners, February 2017

From one of my favorite estates in Bordeaux, the deeply colored 2016 Château Larcis Ducasse is comprised of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 50% new French oak. It offers a huge bouquet of black, black fruits, smoked herbs, forest floor, graphite, and underbrush that builds beautifully with time in the glass. Deep, rich, opulent and expansive on the palate, with building tannins, it’s a rich, layered Saint-Emilion as well as another incredible wine from this estate. Give it a few years if you can. It’s capable of keeping for three decades or more. Drink 2019-2049.

Score: 97Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019

Score: 88Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

This is ripe and well extracted, tight, firm and a little austere, with a note of bitter dark chocolate. It's fresh on the finish, benefitting from its location on the limestone plateau with deeper clay cover in parts of the vineyard, hence the high 95% level of Merlot. This is complemented by 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Cabernet Sauvignon with a yield of 48hl/ha, representing 47% of overall production in 2016.

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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