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2017 Château Larcis-Ducasse

ITEM 8363318 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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4 $75
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RATINGS

96James Suckling

Full-bodied, intense and beautiful. Pure and real.

95The Wine Advocate

...nose of kirsch, warm blackberries, baked plums and wild blueberries with hints of pencil lead, tar, tilled soil and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly knit with great poise and subtlety, offering bright, energetic fruit and loads of minerally sparks, finishing with great length.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...spiced red and black fruits, white truffle, smoked game, and hints of underbrush, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and present yet ripe, polished tannins as well as subtle background oak...terrific sense of minerality, flawless balance, and a great finish.

93Wine Enthusiast

...smoky fruits, rich tannins, impressive concentration and a core of black-plum and berry flavors.

91Vinous / IWC

...black cherries, raspberry and bilberry fruit, touches of iodine...palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity...fine density and gentle grip with touches of brown spice and mint towards the finish.

15.5+ Jancis Robinson

Gunpowder and blueberry fruit on the nose. Chalky, ripe and crunchy on the palate. Firm but bright in fruit.

PRODUCER

Château Larcis-Ducasse

Château Larcis-Ducasse is a 26.9-acre estate in the St.-Emilion appellation. It is a Grand Cru classification and is owned by Gratiot family. Vineyards are planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. About 50,000 bottles are produced annually. There is no second wine. The estate is on the southeastern edge of St.-Emilion, next door to Pavie.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.