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2012 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion

SKU #1212113 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows so much class and balance with blackberry and mushroom character. Some wet earth. It makes you want to drink it! Fine and ripe tannins. Gorgeous. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This great terroir, long owned by the Gratiot family, has come to life under the inspired winemaking of Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt. Some recent vintages have been legendary efforts, especially 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 2012 (83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc) is right in the competition, with an inky, opaque, bluish/purple color, gorgeously sweet, rich nose of black raspberries, black cherries and currants, and licorice. The wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, thunderous effect. This blend tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol, which is indicative of its fabulously exposed vineyard on a full, steep limestone slope with a primarily southern exposure. This is full-bodied, ripe and one of the great stars of the vintage – again. The wine has full-bodied texture, gorgeous purity, richness and length. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A deep, powerful wine, the 2012 Larcis Ducasse is holding much of its obvious pedigree and potential close to the vest. Smoke, dark cherry, licorice, spice and leather emerge as this exquisitely layered Saint-Emilion opens up in the glass. The 2012 is deep, virile and intense for the year, but it also needs time to fully emerge. Smoke, game, tobacco, licorice and incense add nuance on the powerful, virile finish. One of the most promising wines of the year, the 2012 Larcis Ducasse has it all going on. Today, the 2012 comes across as understated, but there is plenty of density as well as potential in the glass. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Barrel sample. Newly promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé in 2012, this is a fine, concentrated wine, showing great style. It has weight and a delicious juiciness that is sustained by firm, dry tannins. Already a beautiful wine. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and winey, with steeped currant, macerated plum and warm boysenberry coulis flavors, laced with licorice snap and roasted apple wood notes. The charcoal edge is buried on the finish, with a lingering minerality. Lots going on here. Needs time. Inner quote mark (3/2015)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Purple-ruby. Piquant notes of cinnamon, ink and white pepper perk up the red berry and cherry aromas on the captivating nose. Then sweet, suave and dense on the palate, with noteworthy precision to the red berry, mineral and floral flavors. Finishes silky and long. A marvelous wine by which to celebrate the chateau's upgrade to 1er Grand Cru Classe status. (ID) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2015 | Send Email
Great winemaking meets great terroir in this powerful and concentrated beauty. This is deep and lushly fruity with oodles of black currant and dark plum fruit followed by massive limestone minerality on the powerful finish. One of the more impressive 2012s I have tasted.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
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Semi new wave style, but lots of substance here. These guys are on a roll of late and their 2005 just got 100 points and sells for over $200. This one is not far off in quality.
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