Chateau Larcis-Ducasse 2004
|Region||Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
|Grape||Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
An outstanding effort from the dynamic winemaking duo of Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont, the 2004 Larcis Ducasse (78% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon) possesses complex aromatics of damp forest floor, cedar, cinnamon, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and roasted coffee. Soft, supple tannin, low acidity, and an expansive, fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel result in a seductive, complex, delicious claret. Only 3,300 cases were produced from this great terroir that has an unbelievable exposition. Drink the 2004 over the next 12-15 years.
Winespectator / James Suckling (92)
Deliciously plummy, with nice drive, offering plum, cassis and blackberry fruit that gets a nice push from well-integrated briar, toasted spice and red licorice notes. The fine-grained finish lets a chalky hint chime in, but remains cloaked in the fruit for now. A charming, pure wine that should age gracefully.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 18/20 points.