Today sees the release of three big names from the Right Bank. Nicolas Thienpont, Stephan von Neipperg and Hélène Garçin-Léveque are all famed for their large-scale, impressive wines. We were thrilled by Nicolas’ range, and it came as no surprise that they received high praise from a number of esteemed critics. Larcis Ducasse is a remarkable wine: dense, exotic, structured, yet so enticing and pleasurable. We also really enjoyed Canon la Gaffelière. This is a striking St Emilion, which is gaining restraint and class. Unfortunately we didn’t taste Clos L’Eglise 2015. This is usually deeply concentrated with enormous tannins. Perhaps change is afoot here too; Neal Martin describes it as a ‘wonderful Pomerol, almost understated, but full of personality’.
2015 Larcis Ducasse – 240GBP/6
‘The 2015 Larcis-Ducasse is a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet France, picked between 28 September and 10 October, 7-13 October respectively. Cropped at 37 hl/ha it is being matured in 500-liter barrels. It has an intense nose of raspberry preserve, boysenberries and an almost honeyed-like richness that thankfully retains freshness and delineation, when it could have been over-powering. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little grainy in texture, very well-balanced and graceful, gently building to a convincing, quite minerally, blackberry and wild strawberry finish. There is superb terroir expression here, an excellent Larcis-Ducasse that should offer 3-4 decades of drinking pleasure. Drink 2022-2055. 94-96/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
‘Hard to believe this. It has a minerality and intensity like a great white wine with so much chalky character that it gives an oyster shell flavor. Full and racy. Shaking my head in intrigue. Wonderfully silky tannins. 98-99/100’. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
‘One of the stars of the vintage, the 2015 Larcis Ducasse is intensely aromatic, silky and totally sensual from the very first taste. The purity of the fruit here is striking. Even so, it will be many years before the 2015 is ready to show all it's got. Today, it is the wine's total sense of harmony that is absolutely alluring. A rush of raspberry jam, pomegranate and blood orange leaves a lasting impression. The 2015 is a dramatic, richly-textured Larcis Ducasse long on class and pedigree. The blend is 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc picked between September 28 and October 12 and aged in 50% new oak. Tasted two times. 94-97/100’. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com