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2010 Chateau Larcis Ducasse Saint-Emilion
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94(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2013

(an 83/17 blend of merlot and cabernet franc, from a vineyard on the same chalky slope as Chateau Pavie, slightly to the east):  Bright medium ruby.  Knockout nose combines cassis, espresso, smoked meat, crushed rock, olive, caramel and a whiff of V-8.  Broad, thick and fine-grained but youthfully tight, with uncanny weight to the flavors of black raspberry and minerals.  But an exhilarating floral element gives lift to the middle palate.  Doesn't have quite the pungent minerality of Pavie but I love the suave extraction here.  And the smooth finish goes on and on.  A great vintage for this wine, which is made by the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt.  (I should note that an earlier bottle of similar quality was distinctly more primary and penetrating, and showed a more powerful spine of acids and tannins.  This very savory sample showed more energy and grip but was more dominated by its structure in the early going.)

94 Points | Wine Spectator
98+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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