The late October harvest yielded an intensely aromatic, nuanced Larcis. The 2000 Larcis Ducasse is an attractive but light-bodied wine, especially given the context of the vintage. The 2000 offers lovely brightness and freshness, but it lacks a bit of body. Even so, it should age gracefully for many years to come. I find the 2000 a pretty wine, but one that lacks visceral thrill that has become customary here in recent years.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030
Dull crimson. Essentially no nose (a second bottle was tasted and then rejected). Very dry and pinched on the palate. Why would anyone want to buy this wine?
Robert Parker 87
This is a spectacular terroir that has underachieved for years. However, hotshot guru Stephane Derenoncourt is behind the winemaking as of 2002, so everyone is expecting quality to soar. A pre-Derenoncourt wine, the 2000 is the finest Larcis Ducasse produced in many years. Full-bodied and ripe, with intense, herb-tinged black cherry fruit, admirable texture and mid-palate, this elegant, moderately tannic, dark ruby-colored wine is far superior to recent efforts. A certain dusty quality to the tannins may prove troublesome. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.
Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017