2017 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356339 94-95 points James Suckling

 A very pretty and structured red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of limestone character. Medium to full body, solid tannins and a real freshness underneath. Long and flavorful.  (4/2018)

92-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Blueberries, blackberries, violets, licorice and ample crushed rock notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, tight, firm 2017 Larcis Ducasse, which comes from a magical terroir not far from Pavie. It doesn't have the density or depth of the 2015 or 2012, yet has beautiful purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and considerable elegance and purity. I suspect it will put on weight with time in barrel and evolve similarly to the 2008. The 2017 is 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc harvested from the 18th of September to the 2nd of October.  (4/2018)

92-95 points Vinous

 The 2017 Larcis Ducasse is a rich, sensual wine, with softer contours and more plushness than is typically the case, part of which is attributable to the vintage and part of which is the result of gentler winemaking. Dark red cherry and plum fruit is nicely pushed forward in this succulent, racy Saint-Émilion. Mocha, licorice and menthol wrap around the juicy, pliant finish. The 2017 is an especially succulent, racy Larcis. It has been consistently brilliant on the four occasions I have tasted it so far. (AG)  (5/2018)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely blackberry and boysenberry puree flavors glide through, with suave toast, a pretty graphite note and a finely polished feel overall. (JM)  (4/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Larcis Ducasse is deep garnet-purple colored with a bombastic, gregarious nose of preserved plums, baked blackberries and mocha with hints of sautéed herbs, pencil lead and chargrilled meats plus a waft of yeast extract. The palate is big, rich and full-bodied with a very firm frame of chewy tannins and lashings of oak joining with opulent fruit, finishing long. (LPB)  (4/2018)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is fruity, soft and rounded. With attractive acidity and some firm tannins in the background, it has enough structure to allow it to age. The core of the wine is dry with a ripe surround. Drink from 2023. (RV)  (4/2018)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2018 | Send Email
The fruit here is classic; deep, and sweet, with firm structure and the textbook chalky element. Very focused, precise and very good! Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
Slightly dialed back from previous years, there is still great character and depth at Larcis Ducasse in 2017. Impressive aromatics are highlighted with deep red fruit, nutmeg, and blood orange. On the palate there is a core of red fruit, a savory note, and a cool elegance that carries if deftly. Focused, persistent, with easy fine-grain tannin - it is very accessible already and will charm collectors for a decade after release with ease. Drink 2022 - 2032.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion