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Château Larcis Ducasse Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Open-knit, charming, earthy, and herbaceous, with abundant quantities of sweet<br/>black cherry and currant fruit as well as a tremendous fragrance, this is a<br/>sensual, lush, rich claret that transcends the vintage characteristic of hard,<br/>tannic, structured wines. Ripe, but not nearly as concentrated as the 2003,<br/>this enormously appealing 2002 should be drunk over the next 6-7 years. <br/>This 26.7-acre vineyard merits serious consideration. For more than five<br/>decades, this fabulous terroir (just down the street from Pavie), with a<br/>brilliant south-facing exposition on pure clay and limestone soils, with vines<br/>averaging 40 years of age, made one mediocrity after another. That all changed<br/>after the outstanding duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt<br/>arrived as consultants in 2002. Larcis Ducasse is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20%<br/>Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 05)

Château Larcis-ducasse:
In the 18th century, the Raba family, living in Bordeaux, made their fortune in commerce and maritime transport and in 1893, Henri Raba, a lover of great wines, bought Château Larcis Ducasse. His passion led him to invest a great part of his fortune in the Château and at his death in 1925, his wife and then his son André kept the flame burning. André died during the war, leaving no children, th... Read more
In the 18th century, the Raba family, living in Bordeaux, made their fortune in commerce and maritime transport and in 1893, Henri Raba, a lover of great wines, bought Château Larcis Ducasse. His passion led him to invest a great part of his fortune in the Château and at his death in 1925, his wife and then his son André kept the flame burning. André died during the war, leaving no children, thus it was his niece, Hélène Gratiot Alphandéry, who inherited the property in 1941. She in her turn managed the property along with cellar-master Pharaon Roche and her son, Jacques Olivier Gratiot, director with l’Oréal and member of the Jurade, became manager in 1990. Under his guidance, the long tradition of quality that characterised the wines of Larcis Ducasse was not only maintained but also improved. Today Château Larcis Ducasse is still in the hands of the Gratiot Alphandéry family and since 2002 the property has been under the management of Nicolas Thienpont. Along with consultants, Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu, Nicolas Thienpont continues the efforts made up until now to enhance the quality of the wines of the property. He undertook a detailed study of the terroirs of the vineyard, implemented important renovations both in the vines and in the cellars and built up a strong team around him. Aware of the potential of the terroir of Larcis Ducasse and aided by his right hand man, David Suire, he uses traditional methods in tandem with innovation in order to unlock the greatness of this terroir. Read less

External Reviews for Château Larcis Ducasse Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/14/2009

Dark black and garnet core with a garent rim. A touch of mocha floats over raspberry, sweet milk chocolate, wet slate, vanilla and a hint of green pepper, all surrounded by rich cassis aromas. The entry into the palate is soft and silky with nice ric... Mike Supple. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2002 Larcis-Ducasse 750ml



Open-knit, charming, earthy, and herbaceous, with abundant quantities of sweet<br/>black cherry and currant fruit as well as a tremendous fragrance, this is a<br/>sensual, lush, rich claret that transcends the vintage characteristic of hard,<br/>tannic, structured wines. Ripe, but not nearly as concentrated as the 2003,<br/>this enormously appealing 2002 should be drunk over the next 6-7 years. <br/>This 26.7-acre vineyard merits serious consideration. For more than five<br/>decades, this fabulous terroir (just down the street from Pavie), with a<br/>brilliant south-facing exposition on pure clay and limestone soils, with vines<br/>averaging 40 years of age, made one mediocrity after another. That all changed<br/>after the outstanding duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt<br/>arrived as consultants in 2002. Larcis Ducasse is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20%<br/>Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 05)

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