2013 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
A tight and lively wine with attractive energy and fine fruit. Medium to full body. Bouncy finish with cherry, and a salty aftertaste.
Dark red cherries, plums, spices, dark earthiness, new leather and wild flowers meld together in the 2013 Larcis Ducasse. One of the riper, richer wines of the vintage, the 2013 clearly benefits from its southern exposure and the decision to open up the canopies to allow for maximum exposure to light and heat. Today, the 2013 impresses for its creamy texture and exceptional overall balance. This is a great showing. The blend is 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc harvested between October 3 and 12. Tasted two times. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013, which I tasted three different times, showed consistently well on all occasions exhibiting a dense, ruby/plum purple color. It has a sweet kiss of black olive tapenade, licorice, blackcurrants, graphite and incense. The wine is medium-bodied and shows excellent concentration, a moderately long finish with relatively sweet tannin and decent acidity. This is a beauty and a testament to not only the brilliant terroir, but also the sure-handed vineyard management and wine making team. From the Cote Pavie, this wine made in 2013 has turned out very well, with a shot at fetching a 90-point score when bottled. The final blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc saw only 66% of the production going into the Grand Vin. The alcohol achieved is 13.6% and yields were frightfully low at 17 hl/ha. This estate is managed by a rather remarkable team, led by Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont, but there are others as well. (RP)
Solidly built, with a core of plum and blackberry sauce flavors, backed by a licorice root note that adds textural complexity while hints of tobacco and warm pain d'épices add aromatic nuances through the finish. On the hedonistic side of the spectrum and very well done. (JM)