2012 Larcis Ducasse 75CL
Some recent vintages have been legendary efforts, especially 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The 2012 (83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc) is right in the competition, with an inky, opaque, bluish/purple color, gorgeously sweet, rich nose of black raspberries, black cherries and currants, and licorice.
The wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, thunderous effect. This blend tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol, which is indicative of its fabulously exposed vineyard on a full, steep limestone slope with primarily southern exposure.
This is full-bodied, ripe and one of the great stars of the vintage – again. The wine has full-bodied texture, gorgeous purity, richness, and length. Drink it over the next 20 years.
"Since his appointment in 2002 as manager, Nicolas Thienpont continues putting all his efforts into making high quality of the estate’s wines, supported by David Suire, oenologue. Well aware of the exceptional potential of the Larcis Ducasse terroir, together they lead an in-depth study of the terroirs available, invest considerable amounts of resources into vineyard and cellar renovations, and combine traditional methods with innovative techniques to enhance the flavours of the land. All of this is with a view to producing great wines: delicious, pure, mineral, long, powerful, and fine ‘terroir wines’ that bear the mark of the land.
In September 2012, just 10 years only after Nicolas Thienpont’s arrival, Château Larcis Ducasse was made a Premier Grand Cru Classé wine in the 2012 Saint-Emilion wine classification, thus being acknowledged by its peers and rewarded for the quality of its wines and its exceptional terroir."
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