Château Larcis Ducasse St. Emilion Grand Cru 2014

96 James Suckling | 94 Jeb Dunnuck



Country: France

Region: Bordeaux, St. Emilion

Variety: 85% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Franc

Terroir: 10 % plateau of clay-limestone on chalk; 55 % terraces with southerly aspect with thin clay-silt soil on chalk; 25 % clay-limestone of alluvial origin in the slope; 10 % sandy clay at base of slope

Winemaking: 100% hand-picked from avg of 35 yr old vines; destemming but no crushing or pumping; parcels vinified separately in concrete tanks; vatting: 25-28 days; aged 16 to 18 months in barrels (75% new, 25% 1-year-old; extraction by pump-over and pushing-down; malolactic fermentation in barrel; stirring of lees after malolactic fermentation; reductive aging on lees: first racking after 6 to 10 months (before 2014 summer), second racking one year later before bottling

96 James Suckling – The nose is really glorious with strawberry, wet-earth, blackberry and dark-mushroom character. Full body, a solid core of fruit and beautiful tannins. It’s polished and velvety. Better in 2022 but gorgeous.

94 Jeb Dunnuck – The 2014 Château Larcis-Ducasse is another elegant wine from this estate. Incorporating slightly more Cabernet Franc (15%) and the balance Merlot, this medium to full-bodied 2014 gives up a pretty, elegant, supple texture as well as a beautiful perfume of sweet strawberries, red and black currants, bouquet garni, tobacco, dried flowers and beautiful minerality. While it shows the hallmark purity and classic style of the 2014 vintage, it has more texture and depth than most. It’s going to offer pleasure for two decades.


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