2005 Larcis Ducasse


Larcis Ducasse remains one of the truly great, reasonably priced wines of Bordeaux. I was once again reminded of that when I tasted the 2005 recently. Almost shockingly young, tannic and tightly wound for a wine of its age, the 2005 is positively stellar. The continual interplay of fruit richness and tension in the 2005 is simply mesmerizing. Even so my biggest takeaway from this tasting is just how young the 2005 is. Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Dérenoncourt have done a brilliant job in reviving this Saint-Émilion estate. A look at current pricing on the just-released 2016 shows that Larcis remains one of the best relative values in cellar worthy wine. Readers who want to learn more about the property and its history might enjoy looking back at this vertical tasting from two years ago. 96/Drinking window: 2020-2055