2015 Ch Larcis Ducasse Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Larcis Ducasse
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2022-2055
Case Size
12x75cl
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2015 Ch Larcis Ducasse Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Larcis Ducasse
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2022-2055
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£640.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(1 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Neal Martin, April 2016, Score: 94-96

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

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Producer

Château Larcis Ducasse

Larcis Ducasse is next to Ch Pavie and has excellent terroir. Made by the Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt team, it is comprised mostly of 78% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon to add focus and structure and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Region

St Emilion, Red Bordeaux

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.

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