Château Larcis Ducasse, Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2016

  Château Larcis-Ducasse

Nicolas Thienpont's wines are not participating in the St Emilion UGC anymore, so we had to make an impromptu trip up the winding drive to Chateau Pavie Macquin. Larcis Ducasse is situated on the limestone and clay plateau and Cote next to Chateau Pavie. This is considered one of the finest terroirs in St Emilion. Wild flowers, menthol, fine herbs and cane fruits leap from the glass. This is polished and sweet fruited, yet there is also the tell-tale Larcis minerality; liquid minerals and graphite and lots of underlying structure. It is less extreme than usual with a fine tannic structure and a long, vital finish of black savoury infused fruit. A successful Larcis. 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Larcis-Ducasse

Larcis-Ducasse has been re-born under the `dream team` of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephan Derenoncourt. Since 2004, the quality at this estate has lived up to its excellent position next to Pavie. Exceptional terroir and state of the art wine-making has transformed this and sister property Pavie Macquin into two of the `must have` wines from St Emilion.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.