family-run and high-ranking

In the 16th century Larcis Ducasse’s wines were extremely popular and already highly sought-after. Records show that in 1777 they were purchased at a very high price by Pierre Beylot. Then, in 1841, Lecoutre de Beauvais mentions Larcis as being one of the best Saint-Emilion crus. A few years later in 1867, a first gold medal from the International Exposition in Paris was awarded for the quality of the wines produced in this exceptional terroir.
In 1893, Château Larcis Ducasse was purchased by Henry Raba – a direct descendant of a major Bordeaux ship-owning and merchant family based in Bordeaux from the 18th century. His passion led him to invest a significant portion of his fortune in maintaining this terraced vineyard and equipping the chateau with state-of-the art winery equipment. His son André took over upon his death in 1925. André then died during the war. He was childless, so his niece Hélène Gratiot Alphandéry inherited the property in 1941.
Also under threat, she took refuge in the free zone with her two children. She returned to the château after its liberation and, alongside teaching psychology at the Sorbonne, she ran the estate with the help of the Director Pharaon Roche.
She was succeeded in 1990 by her son Jacques-Olivier Gratiot, a Saint-Emilion Jurade and also L’Oréal’s development and creativity director. Under his leadership and with the help of the Director Philippe Dubois, the long tradition of quality that is characteristic of Château Larcis Ducasse wines was continued. Château Larcis Ducasse is still a family-run estate, with Jeanne Attmane and her brother Jacques-Olivier Gratiot as co-managers, alongside their children. The family has entrusted supervision of the estate to Nicolas Thienpont since 2002.