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Château Larcis Ducasse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2008 / 750 ml.

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Where it's produced

Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux

What's in the Bottle

84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc

Product Details

Type:
Red Wine
Brand:
Chateau Larcis Ducasse
Size:
750 ml.
Vintage:
2008
Item #:
64381
Case:
12 bottles
Status:
New

Chateau Larcis Ducasse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru  2008 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

95
95–97 pts.: 1st Apr 2009

For decades to come, the 2008 Larcis Ducasse will undoubtedly be compared with this estate’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 20–30 years.

90
90–92 pts.: 12/31/2009

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

90
90 pts.: Apr 30, 2011

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. There’s nice latent grip, leaving a juicy feel on the finish. Drink now through 2015.