Château Larcis Ducasse: Vineyards

Château Larcis Ducasse is located to the southeast of St Emilion, to the east of Château Pavie, on the Côte de Pavie. Neighbours include, up on the slopes above, Château Pavie-Decesse, Château Troplong-Mondot and Château Bellevue-Mondotte, while continuing along the côte to the east of Château Larcis Ducasse lies Château Bellefont-Belcier.

Château Larcis Ducasse

The domaine covers 11.3 hectares altogether, the vines planted on all points of the slope. Beginning on the plateau, limestone naturally dominates, and here the rock in question is the desirable calcaire à astéries. Moving down the slope, this gives way to the deeper stratum of Molasses du Fronsadais. In each case there are superficial soils, with a red iron-rich clay on the plateau, lower down a degraded limestone and clay. Towards the bottom of the slope the material is more colluvial in nature, the result of erosion and the downwards slip of material, mixed with clay again. The vineyards run down as far as the D245, the road that runs parallel to the côtes, although there are also two parcels on the far side of the road, directly opposite the château. In order to protect against further erosion, there has been some limited terracing of the vineyards (pictured below) behind the château, particularly to the eastern side.

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