Robert Parker 93
The 2008 Larcis Ducasse (14.2% natural alcohol) is composed of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Although closed at present and less prodigious than I predicted two years ago, it reveals an opaque purple color, plenty of sweet fruitcake, black currant, kirsch, forest floor and earthy characteristics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannins and a long finish. It just does not appear to have the extra gear or two I tasted from barrel. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding wine and if it is priced fairly, it should be a definite purchase to enjoy over the next 20+ years.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2031
Dark and lustrous. Streak of green on the top of the aroma. Then very carefully worked luscious sweet fruit. Drying finish. Low key.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025
The 2008 Larcis Ducasse has a precocious bouquet that you might mistake for a 2009: kirsch, mint, star anis, black cherries and a touch of Xmas cake. It just comes across a little too strong for my liking and I still find some VA here, perhaps more so than the previous bottle tasted a year ago. The palate is actually better with grainy tannins, firm grip and a pleasant chalky texture. I find this a little reserved and serious on the finish where I would have liked more flesh. There needs to be more vivacity here. Tasted at the Larcis Ducasse vertical in Bordeaux.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2036