This is very exciting with slightly exotic character of dark fruits, citrus and minerals. An almost orange peel undertone. Full body, with silky tannins and a delicious finish. Refined. It’s just starting to come around now.
Tasted both at the château and then blind at Farr Vintners' tasting, the 2006 Château Larcis Ducasse is maturing nicely, far better than the Beauséjour Duffau Lagarrosse that I tasted side by side. It has plenty of ripe black cherry, strawberry pastille and creme de cassis on the nose, quite opulent for the vintage and well defined. The palate is medium bodied with fine tannin cloaked in ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit; underlying all of this is a seam of cold stone that imparts freshness and satisfying tension on the finish. This is well worth seeking out and is performing at a much higher level than the 2006 Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse. (NM)
Bright red-ruby. Soil-driven aromas of blueberry, licorice, minerals, dark chocolate and iron. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with a lovely light touch to the flavors of black fruits, spices, mocha, minerals and flowers. An elegant, aromatic, very sexy wine with terrific energy and lift from calcaire I love the suave texture on display here. Finishes very long and perfumed, with firm but perfectly buffered tannins and lingering notes of red berries and minerals. (ST)
Nicolas Thienpont has managed this property since 2002 for the Gratiot Alphandéry family. He makes the wine with Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu, and this 27-acre, south-facing slope, ranging from alluvial river deposits at the base up to clay-limestone soils on the plateau, has produced a series of exceptional wines under the current team. Cabernet franc lends fine structure to the high-intensity Merlot in 2006, the blend developing with air from black and spartan to rich, lovely, dark cherry flavors. For the cellar.
Stylish, with a chalky thread running from start to finish, offering red currant preserves, damson plum, red licorice and rooibois tea notes. Displays a typical chalky pine accent, though this stays a bit tauter and more sinewy on the finish than the other recent vintages. A wine where terroir manages to win out against a lean year. (JM, Web-2013)
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