($195-$375) Ruby-red. Superripe, vibrant nose offers cherry, blueberry, blackberry, mocha and fruity dark chocolate. Rich and wonderfully fine-grained, with excellent acidity leavening the impression of superripeness and giving cut to the intense dark berry, plum and mineral flavors. Finishes very long and lush, with a fine dusting of tannins and noteworthy subtlety. With its 14.5% alcohol, this is a big boy, but its energy and balance are impressive for such an opulent wine.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14
Sweet, animal, overripe, lacking freshness. Band-aid/brett, Very chewy finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
This is very grapey, with plenty of crushed blackberry and vanilla undertones, and floral as well. Full-bodied, soft and silky. Gushes with fruit. Hard not to drink this now, but give it some time. The fruit is amazing. Such purity.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100
With an unbelievable nose of licorice, tapenade, black cherry and blackcurrant liqueur, as well as full body, super-sweet tannin, and astonishing richness and length, this prodigious effort in 2005 announced the resurrection of this great terroir on the slopes near Chateau Pavie. Dark garnet/plum/purple, this is compelling stuff and drinkable already, but capable of lasting another 25-30 years. This beauty is not to be missed! Only 3,000 cases were produced, from a blend of 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
A beautiful wine which is ready to drink young with a powerful elegant nose of black fruits, riped tannins, medium acidity, and medium alcohol which integrated nice together with a good mouth feel.
Drink Dates: 2011
Author: Syed Alan
Self | Rating: 91
Lighter purple than some with graphite and candied plum, and a long, smooth finish.
Author: Daniel F397
Self | Rating: 96
While no shortage of hype, demand and pricing escalation has put this starlet out of the reach of most connoisseurs, those that pounced early are in for a massively opulent wine! Extremely withdrawn to the point of being closed aromatically, Larcis completely erupts in lush and authoritative waves once gracing the palate; cramming layers of pure red cherry, black raspberry, dark fruit reduction sauce, spice and underbrush notes to a walloping finish. Suavely textured and explosively constituted, this St. Emilion is loaded w/ tremendous potential