Larcis-Ducasse Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2008

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"The final blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc has resulted in an opaque purple-colored wine exhibiting a sweet, almost intoxicating perfume of blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with notions of spring flowers, forest floor, and damp earth. Full-bodied and opulent with an outrageously pure, textured mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and slightly more acidity than the monster 2005, this is a tour de force as well as one of the most compelling wines of the vintage...95-97" WA 4/09

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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

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02/17/2011

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External Reviews for Larcis-Ducasse Saint Emilion Grand Cru

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/06/2011

(Tasted with Stephane Derenoncourt). Located very close to Pavie, Dernoncourt explained that this property may have the best terroir in St. Emilion. An exceptional nose with great complexity - enchanting notes of fresh blackberry, cherry, flowers, an... John Perry. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Larcis-Ducasse 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

For decades to come, the 2008 Larcis Ducasse will undoubtedly be compared with this estateandrsquo;s immortal 2005. I did not expect such a blockbuster effort from this St.-Emilion property, but low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and a harvest that lasted from October 9th to October 20th produced a wine with the highest alcohol level, 14.2%, ever achieved. Consultants Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt seemed to have coaxed just about everything one could from this extraordinary terroir. The final blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc has resulted in an opaque purple-colored wine exhibiting a sweet, almost intoxicating perfume of blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with notions of spring flowers, forest floor, and damp earth. Full-bodied and opulent with an outrageously pure, textured mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and slightly more acidity than the monster 2005, this is a tour de force as well as one of the most compelling wines of the vintage. Given the global economic crisis, I suspect the price should be one-third to one-half of the 2005. In short, that means readers should buy, buy, buy. The 2008 should be approachable after bottling (because of the sweetness of the tannins as well as the extraordinary ripe fruit), and evolve for 20andndash;30 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This is ripe, suave and polished, with a delicious beam of raspberry ganache, currant paste and fig, all laced with licorice and spice and carried by fresh acidity. Thereandrsquo;s nice latent grip, leaving a juicy feel on the finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

(Barrel sample.) Big, ripe fruits, spiced with new wood, a big-hearted blackberry wine, sweet tannins, potentially generous.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
02/22/2012

[Barrel sample] Big, ripe fruits, spiced with new wood, a big-hearted blackberry wine, sweet tannins, potentially generous.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
11/28/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2008 - Chateau Larcis Ducasse - Frankreich - Region: Bordeaux - Apellation: SAINT-EMILION - Merlot blend - 750 ml. 97 RP


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Wine red 2008 Chateau Larcis Ducasse Frankreich Region: Bordeaux Apellation: SAINT-EMILION Merlot blend 750 ml. 97 RP Free Shipping Insurance


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"The final blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc has resulted in an opaque purple-colored wine exhibiting a sweet, almost intoxicating perfume of blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with notions of spring flowers, forest floor, and damp earth. Full-bodied and opulent with an outrageously pure, textured mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and slightly more acidity than the monster 2005, this is a tour de force as well as one of the most compelling wines of the vintage...95-97" WA 4/09

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