2009 Larcis Ducasse (750ml)

Merlot from Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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The collaborative efforts of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt at Chateau Larcis-Ducasse, which began nearly two decades ago, has since turned out an unprecedented string of stellar vintages at Larcis – and no surprise given that Larcis-Ducasse straddles the prestigious Cote Pavie, along with slope neighbors Chateaux Pavie (which Larcis abuts) and Pavie-Decesse to the west and Troplong-Mondot to the north and upslope. According to Lisa Perrotti-Brown the 2009 Larcis is now within its preferred drinking window of 2020-2040 and an attractive offer with perfect provenance from the chateau's cellar.


Showing better than a previous bottle, the 2009 Larcis Ducasse is just now starting to come into its own, offering terrific, full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, licorice, espresso, and leafy herbs. This deep, rich, full-bodied effort has absorbed its oak élevage beautifully, has a layered, unctuous texture, and plenty of sweet tannin. It’s a heavenly Saint Emilion to enjoy over the coming 15+ years.

96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb 2018)

The deep garnet colored 2009 Larcis Ducasse sashays out of the glass with compelling scents of kirsch, dried roses, Black Forest cake and crème de cassis with hints of black tea, cigar box and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tautly structured with ripe, grainy tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Mar 2019)

The 2009 Larcis Ducasse has an outstanding bouquet with black cherries, wild strawberry, dried herbs, touches of orange zest, veins of blue fruit emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that disguise the weight and heft of this Saint-Émilion. Very well balanced with savory, meat juices, curry powder and light leathery notes towards the persistent finish. This is just superb...but I wonder where it will be in ten years time? Tasted at the Larcis Ducasse vertical in Bordeaux.

94 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Oct 2020)

Tons of ripe plum and damson here plus some bitter chocolate and balsamic richness that fill out the opulent body nicely. Generous supple tannins support the massive frame. Bold but long and harmonious finish. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

94 points, James Suckling (Mar 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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