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2006 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion

SKU #1045269 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very exciting with slightly exotic character of dark fruits, citrus and minerals. An almost orange peel undertone. Full body, with silky tannins and a delicious finish. Refined. It’s just starting to come around now. Inner quote mark (2/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted both at the château and then blind at Farr Vintners' tasting, the 2006 Château Larcis Ducasse is maturing nicely, far better than the Beauséjour Duffau Lagarrosse that I tasted side by side. It has plenty of ripe black cherry, strawberry pastille and creme de cassis on the nose, quite opulent for the vintage and well defined. The palate is medium bodied with fine tannin cloaked in ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit; underlying all of this is a seam of cold stone that imparts freshness and satisfying tension on the finish. This is well worth seeking out and is performing at a much higher level than the 2006 Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red-ruby. Soil-driven aromas of blueberry, licorice, minerals, dark chocolate and iron. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with a lovely light touch to the flavors of black fruits, spices, mocha, minerals and flowers. An elegant, aromatic, very sexy wine with terrific energy and lift from calcaire I love the suave texture on display here. Finishes very long and perfumed, with firm but perfectly buffered tannins and lingering notes of red berries and minerals. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2009)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Nicolas Thienpont has managed this property since 2002 for the Gratiot Alphandéry family. He makes the wine with Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu, and this 27-acre, south-facing slope, ranging from alluvial river deposits at the base up to clay-limestone soils on the plateau, has produced a series of exceptional wines under the current team. Cabernet franc lends fine structure to the high-intensity Merlot in 2006, the blend developing with air from black and spartan to rich, lovely, dark cherry flavors. For the cellar. Inner quote mark (12/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Stylish, with a chalky thread running from start to finish, offering red currant preserves, damson plum, red licorice and rooibois tea notes. Displays a typical chalky pine accent, though this stays a bit tauter and more sinewy on the finish than the other recent vintages. A wine where terroir manages to win out against a lean year. (JM, Web-2013) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Fruit and structure. Sweet and lovely and a bit of tannin at back. Delicious. Solid wine. Restrained and long. *1/2 Ralph Sands: Wow, is this place on a roll. High-toned ripe fruit, very dark and balanced. Good overall harmony from the big wine. Like it!

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