It is no secret that St. Emilion is the star of the show in this En-Primeur campaign. In her Bordeaux 2020 vintage report, Jane Anson of Decanter leaves no doubt: “If you pick one appellation: clay-limestone St-Émilion.” Anson goes on stating, “If you pick one wine: Chateau Larcis Ducasse” which she proclaims “a standout wine in the vintage.” Needless to say that after such a definitive claim, today’s release is one of the most anticipated in this campaign. 

The release price for Larcis Ducasse today is £332 per case of six EP or £664 per case of 12 EP. We expect an unforeseen demand for this wine considering its unprecedented quality. Anson, who grants it 97 points notes, “Great consistency over the past few years at this property but this is really stepping things up a level. With poise and depth of flavour, we are digging down through the layers. Extremely elegant, a wine that is precise and pared back and totally delicious. You can almost feel the points of minerality poking into your tongue, but then they melt into a softer more luxurious whole, with blackberry, cassis and black chocolate.” 

The critics are raving about the unique style of Larcis Ducasse 2020 which combines the best characteristics of both left and right bank. Jeb Dunnuck describes it as “A wine that’s going to flirt with perfection… It’s a Saint-Emilion with an almost Pomerol-like depth and power paired with classic Saint-Emilion aromatics and minerality” reinforcing this accolade with a score of 96-99 points and concluding: “If you get a chance, buy it.” Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media calls it quite simply a dazzling Larcis” awarding it 95-97 points, while his stable mate Neal Martin adds that it is very sensual and ravishing.” Available at £55 EP per bottle, this is an utterly exceptional St. Emilion and it comes highly recommended. 

Larcis Ducasse is famed for its extraordinary terroir and under the stewardship of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt it has returned to one of the finest estates in Bordeaux. It is sited on one of the best extents, the Cote Pavie, where it boasts 25 acres bordering Chateau Pavie. When compared to its neighbours and given its constant high scores this is an Estate to stock up on and the 2020 is one of their finest ever.