The Gratiot family has owned Château Larcis Ducasse, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé, for over a century. The chateau’s terroir of clay/limestone soils on a south-facing slope produces wonderfully ripe grapes which result in complex, well-structured wines with fresh, mineral flavors. These characteristics are attributed to the different bedrocks found on the property, from the limestone of the plateau to the iron-rich feldspar sand at the base of the slope.
Viticultural methods are kept as natural as possible with low yields and grape varieties chosen and planted according to soil type. The grapes undergo a gentle maceration to avoid over-extraction, and the wine is aged in a barrel for eighteen months. The final blend aims to provide a balance between aroma and tannin to give a wine of unique character. Blend: 83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc.
Notes of licorice, truffles, lead pencil shavings, blackberries, black raspberries and a hint of espresso roast. Sweet new oak notes are apparent in the back of the wine, but its abundant fruit, full-bodied mouthfeel, and multidimensional texture as well as length, make for an impressive showing.
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