Larcis Ducasse 2020 En Primeur: “sensual and ravishing”

  • The wine is being offered for £664 (12×75) SEP.
  • A Saint-Emilion with “Pomerol-like depth,” said Jeb Dunnuck.
  • The 2019 and 2015 vintages offer value among back vintages.

Château Larcis Ducasse 2020 has been released En Primeur for €55.20 per bottle ex-négociant, up 24% on the 2019’s opening price.

The wine is being offered for £664 per case by the international trade. This is an increase of 22% on the current Market Price of the 2019.

Last year’s release, with a stronger Benchmark Critic score, offers an immediate alternative to today’s release. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical Opinion

The Saint-Emilion estate has garnered strong scores from the critics. Jeb Dunnuck rated it 96-99, a higher bracket than he gave the 2019. He praised its, “almost Pomerol-like depth and power paired with classic Saint-Emilion aromatics and minerality”.

Neal Martin, by contrast, scored the 2020 94-96, slightly below the 2019. He nonetheless called it a, “typical Larcis Ducasse in many ways, perhaps not one for those seeking a more traditional Saint-Émilion, but very sensual and ravishing”.

“Quite simply a dazzling Larcis,” thought his fellow Vinous taster Antonio Galloni (95-97), while Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW rated it 96-98.

Fair Value

Larcis Ducasse has neither a close correlation to score or age according to the Fair Value methodology. Nonetheless, by both metrics the 2020 falls below the regression line, indicating there is value in today’s release.

That said, the 2019 with its higher critical score from Martin and at a 22% discount is an obvious alternative to the 2020.

The 2015 as well, which also has a 95-point score, is £644 a case, very slightly cheaper and with a few years bottle-age.

 

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