Robert Parker 92
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Larcis-Ducasse is clean, pure and elegant on the nose with wild strawberry and blueberry aromas, well-integrated oak and floral, pressed flower aromas developing with time. It is opulent, but not over-bearing. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline entry, black olive and rounded black fruits that lead to a finely focused, almost tertiary finish. This is one of finest wines from this Saint Emilion estate in recent years. Tasted January 2012.
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