Still vibrant color, the 2008 Château Larcis Ducasse offers a beautiful bouquet of blackcurrants, leafy herbs, damp earth, and hints of forest floor. This thrilling 2008 is ripe, full-bodied, has terrific purity of fruit, and more flesh and charm than most in the vintage. It’s just now at the early stages of prime drinking and should cruise for another two decades.
Wild and rich, with mushroom, foie gras and intense fruits. Lots of Cabernet Franc character. Full and silky, with a wonderful texture and a long caressing finish. This is chewy too. Give it four to five years of bottle age. Structured. Impressive.
The 2008 Larcis Ducasse...is composed of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. Although closed at present and less prodigious than I predicted two years ago, it reveals an opaque purple color, plenty of sweet fruitcake, black currant, kirsch, forest floor and earthy characteristics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannins and a long finish. It just does not appear to have the extra gear or two I tasted from barrel. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding wine and if it is priced fairly, it should be a definite purchase to enjoy over the next 20+ years. (RP)
The 2008 Larcis-Ducasse felt a little reduced on the nose, eventually opening with black cherries, boysenberry jam and cedar scents, perhaps just a hint of VA just knocking the definition a little. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit laced with cedar, dried blood and meat juices, nicely structured and dense with plenty of freshness towards the slightly animally finish. Fascinating, ready to drink now but it will age with style. (NM)
Big, ripe fruits, spiced with new wood, a big-hearted blackberry wine, sweet tannins, potentially generous. (RV)
Plum skin, briar and blackberry notes flesh out nicely in this version, while the finish shows more currant and licorice notes. Turns polished, thanks to well-embedded acidity. Fresh and engaging now but just a bit high-toned at the very end. This may not be suitable for extended cellaring, but should be nice to watch progress through the end of this decade. (JM, Web Only-2013)
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