The winemaker’s

first choice

After the terroir, the first choice the winemaker has to make is the grape variety he will plant in his plot of land. The grape variety is not the sole determining factor of the wine’s character: each variety, with its own particular characteristics, is merely a means of expression of the terroir. The art of winemaking lies in choosing the grape varieties best suited to the terroir in question and in understanding the wines produced. Then comes the moment of assembling these wines into the final blend.
Château Larcis Ducasse is currently planted with 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc at a density of 6000 vines per hectare and an average age of 35 years.
A programme of continuous vineyard renewal is in place with a rotation of around 50 to 60 years. Following uprooting and four years of intercrops to allow the soil to rest, we replant at higher densities, today approaching 7500 vines per hectare, using vine stock from high-quality clones or, more often, from massal selection. In fact, in order to preserve our diverse winemaking heritage we have implemented a major selection programme of the oldest vine stock using only qualitative criteria.
Merlot occupies the majority of Château Larcis Ducasse’s vineyards (78%), taking full advantage of the limestone-clay soils where it expresses its full roundness, generosity, suppleness and sophistication.
With a seductive richness from a very early stage, as a young plant it produces powerful yet silky, very fruity wines with spicy and floral notes.
As they age, the fruity notes of cherry and blackberry fade and give way to a developed, more complex bouquet combining truffle with undergrowth and other spicy elements.
Cabernet Franc
Planted in its favourite type of soil at Larcis Ducasse (sandy clay with varying levels of limestone), the Cabernet Franc produces very elegant, aromatic wines with firm yet fine tannins. Marked in its youth by red fruit aromas, in particular strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant, it also develops tobacco and violet notes.
In blends it provides freshness, aromatic complexity, finesse and elegance, as well as great capacity to age.