Chateau Larcis Ducasse dates back to the 16th Century and has been owned by the Gratiot Alphandéry family since the 1940s. The estate’s extraordinary terroir is well renowned however it used to be considered somewhat of an under-performer. This changed in the early 2000s when the new winemaking team stepped in, led by Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt who are famed for their work at Chateau Pavie Macquin. In the past decade or so Chateau Larcis Ducasse has received consistently high scores from critics whilst managing to maintain a rather modest price for their wine; today it remains one of the best value Right Bank Bordeaux.

The Chateau is classified as a Premier Grand Cru Classe B estate and boasts 11 hectares of vineyards sited in one of the best parts of Saint Emilion, the Cote Pavie. Their low-yielding vines have an average age of 35 years and are planted on a range of different soil types, from alluvial sand deposits to limestone, clay and chalk. The grapes are handpicked and whole berry fermented in cement tanks, while malolactic fermentation is completed in barrels. Larcis Ducasse is then barrel matured for almost two years in French oak, two thirds of which is new. Only 4,000 cases are produced annually at Chateau Larcis Ducasse.

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