2011 Larcis-Ducasse, St-Emilion

SKU #1151620 89-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The wine exhibits a distinctive peppery, slightly herbaceous, exotic nose that initially is difficult to fathom. This rich, medium-bodied 2011 continues with a certain herbaceous streak that runs through the flavors. Nevertheless, there is impressive ripeness, concentration and density, and the tannins are velvety and well-integrated. If the green, peppery character calms down somewhat, my score should climb into the low 90s. However, this is not one of the top Larcis Ducasses made in the last 7-8 years.  (4/ 2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Sexy black fruity cocktail on the nose, complicated by grapey, smoky and vanillin nuances. Rich, dense and suave with juicy, delineated blackberry and black cherry fruit complicated by minerals and fresh flowers. The smooth finish features spicy chocolate and plum flavors. Though concentrated and rich, this wine maintains a lovely graceful, high-acid quality that provides for maximum definition of its flavors. A beautiful wine and one of my sentimental favorites of the vintage.  (5/ 2012)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 This is lovely, with floral notes at first, which are then followed by pure, precise blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Features a silky texture, fine acidity and a buried mineral hint on the finish. Classy.  (4/ 2012)

91-92 points James Suckling

 Blackberries and black truffles on the nose. Complex. Full body, with a lively acidity that turns to orange peel and dark fruits. Minerally and chalky on the palate. Lively finish.  (4/ 2012)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/21/2014  | Send Email
Great wine with nice complexity. Sweet ripe fruit with a hint of mint that mingles on the nose as well as the palate.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion