Collector’s Dream Direct from the Château Cellar
Under the helm of Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt, Château Larcis Ducasse has regularly upstaged its hallowed neighbors, despite its modest asking price. In 2012, earning triple 95-point reviews from Parker, Suckling and Vinous. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate described the 2012 Larcis Ducasse as hitting “the palate with a full-bodied, thunderous effect… ripe and one of the great stars of the vintage – again,” further praising its “gorgeous purity, richness and length. Drink it over the next 20 years.” Having outpointed Angélus (94, $350) and Cheval Blanc (93+, $450) and going shoulder-to-shoulder with Pavie (95, $270) — at a fraction of the price, just $87 per bottle, Larcis Ducasse is the Right Bank Premier Grand Cru Classé deal of the vintage. Just 200 bottles drawn directly from the cellars in Saint-Émilion, and imported with perfect provenance and in perfect condition. Not to be missed by all serious Bordeaux collectors.
No Bordeaux collection is complete without a healthy stash of the great Saint-Émilions from Château Larcis Ducasse. In 2012, this 16th-century estate was upgraded to “Premier Grand Cru Classé” or “Great Classified Growth” solidifying its place in Saint-Émilion history as not only an incredible wine, capable of a lengthy cellar life, but one that savvy collectors will want to stock up on by the case, given the historical significance.
Ever since Nicolas Thienpont took over the management of Larcis Ducasse and Flying Winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt followed in turn, we’ve been collecting vintages drawn off this meticulously farmed 11-hectare vineyard on the famed Côte Pavie. Much like Cheval Blanc, Thienpont and Derenoncourt have been crafting massively concentrated, intensely concentrated Saint-Émilions that consistently rank among the greatest wines of the Right Bank.