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2009 Chateau Larcis Ducasse Saint-Emilion (in magnum)
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2012

(81% merlot and 19% cabernet franc):  Red-ruby.  Superripe, almost candied aromas of maraschino cherry, woodsmoke and coffee.  Sweet, plush and impressively deep, with intense, penetrating dark cherry and licorice flavors that quickly shut down in the glass.  Seriously structured and tannic wine, especially for merlot, and very long on the aftertaste.  I'd forget about this for at least five years; by that point my original rating may look conservative.  An outstanding vintage for this chateau.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.

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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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