2013 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159002 93 points James Suckling

 A tight and lively wine with attractive energy and fine fruit. Medium to full body. Bouncy finish with cherry, and a salty aftertaste.  (2/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 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)  (4/2014)

88-91 points 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)  (8/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (3/2016)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Saint Emilion