Château Larcis Ducasse 2011
• Domaine: Château Larcis Ducasse
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Château Larcis Ducasse is a Saint Émilion Premiere Grand Crus Classés Class B estate that has been described as, “a garden a world apart.” If one were fortunate enough to visit this stunning and picturesque property with vines graced by laurel and fig trees, one would understand this phrase perfectly. The grand vin is crafted here with the precision and expertise that many would ascribe to a fine jeweler and the resulting wine is excellent. With the combination of its impeccable terroir and the craftsmen who tend to it, Château Larcis Ducasse is one of the Right Bank’s treasures.
Château Larcis Ducasse had a long history that dated back to the Roman era. Even the ancient vignerons were seduced by the promise of the checkerboard of terroirs that give the estate such appeal. Château Larcis Ducasse received its namesake in 1893 during the modern era when Henri Raba purchased the property at the time. Henri Raba spent vast sums of his fortune to maintain the striking vineyards and would stop at nothing to ensure the grand vin was of top quality. After Henri passed, his wife Emilie and her son took control of the estate. The property was largely unknown to most connoisseurs until the family hired Nicolas Thienpont to manage the property with his prodigy David Suire. Together they made sweeping changes to the vineyards, such as transitioning Château Larcis Ducasse over to 100% Organic Farming methods in 2005. In 2012, Château Larcis Ducasse received the high honor of earning its Premiere Grand Crus Classés Classification alongside other illustrious châteaux like Château Valandraud, Château Trotte Vieille and many other esteemed properties. It was a happy ending indeed for an estate with such a long-lived history.
Château Larcis Ducasse hosts 11.3 hectares of vines that are planted with 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc. Over the years, more Cabernet Franc has been added. The property is very close from the legendary producer, Château Pavie. The terroir is described as a “checkerboard,” of varying terroirs. One can find a mixture of varying soils like limestone, clay and chalk that the 35 year old vines thrive in. Nicolas Thienpont ensures that the team over at Château Larcis Ducasse maintains lower yields to ensure higher ripeness levels. The winery is a gravity flow operation, and they use a lot of Burgundian techniques to create a fresh and soft wine. After they are vinified, they are subsequently aged in French oak barriques for about 18 to 20 months before bottling. For those who love a rich and mineral Saint-Émilion, Château Larcis Ducasse is a phenomenal, opulently textured wine. One can absolutely expect the minerality that is so synonymous with that region. But in addition to that, the wines have a very pleasant, fruity, and ripe quality to them. It is best to age a bottle of Château Larcis Ducasse for about ten to fifteen years prior to enjoying it. With all that in mind, younger vintages can be decanted for two to three hours.
"This dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 exhibits a stunning bouquet of black fruits, spring flowers and confiture of cherries, raspberries, spice and earth. Complete from beginning to end, this medium-bodied 2011 does not possesses as much power as the 2005, 2009 or 2010, but it is a highly successful effort for the vintage. Moreover, it can be drunk early on as it is a delicious, complex St.-Emilion that should last 10-15 years. This is a final blend of 78% Merlot, and 22% Cabernet Franc cropped at 21 hectoliters per hectare." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/29/2014, Issue 212), Ratings: 90, Drink: 2014-2029
"The wine exhibits a distinctive peppery, slightly herbaceous, exotic nose that initially is difficult to fathom. This rich, medium-bodied 2011 continues with a certain herbaceous streak that runs through the flavors. Nevertheless, there is impressive ripeness, concentration and density, and the tannins are velvety and well-integrated. If the green, peppery character calms down somewhat, my score should climb into the low 90s. However, this is not one of the top Larcis Ducasses made in the last 7-8 years... An original effort, Larcis Ducasse's 2011 is different from the great vintages that have been produced since 2005. This spectacular terroir on the Cote Pavie encompasses 25 acres with an average vine age of 35 years. Yields were a tiny 21 hectoliters per hectare in 2011, and the final blend was 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc." - Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate (4/25/2012, Issue 200), Ratings: 89-93, Drink: 2014-2029
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