Chateau Larmande St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Larmande St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Larmande History, Overview

Chateau Larmande has a long history in the Bordeaux region. In fact, Chateau Larmande is one of the oldest estates in Saint Emilion. Documents exist that help date this Right Bank property all the way back to 1585!

Jumping ahead to the modern era, during the early 1900’s Chateau Larmande was purchased by the Capdemourlin and Meneret families. If the name of Capdemourlin sounds familiar, they also own the Saint Emilion estate of the name, Chateau Cap de Mourlin.

Eventually, Alice Capdemourlin married Fernand Meneret. The couples descendants managed Chateau Larmande until 1990, when it was purchased by a French insurance company, La Mondiale. La Mondiale also owns Chateau Soutard, Chateau Petit Faurie deSoutard and Chateau Grand Faurie la Rose, all of which are located in the appellation of Saint Emilion.

With the ability to invest the much-needed funds in the property for renovations and modernization, La Mondiale also increased the size of the vineyards with additional purchases. The estate was managed by Claire Thomas-Chenard until 2014. Michel Rolland remained their consultant until the estate brought in Thomas Duclos.

Chateau Larmande Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 27-hectare, Right Bank, St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Larmande is planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is sand, clay, and limestone soils.

Most of the vines are located close to the chateau. The remainder of their vineyards is not situated in the same location. Some are up to 6 kilometers away. Their best vines are probably those that are planted close to Chateau Soutard.

Out of their 27 hectares of vines, only 20 are classified as Grand Cru Classe. The remaining 7 hectares are used to produce Le Cadet de Larmande. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. However, they have very old vines. Some of their Cabernet Franc vines are more than 100 years old, making them among the oldest vines in the entire Saint Emilion appellation. The vineyard of Chateau Larmande is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare.

The wine of Chateau Larmande is vinified in 16 temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 74 hectoliters up to 136 hectolitres. The wine is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months. The exact amount of time varies, depending on the vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau Larmande are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.It should be noted that starting with 2018, Chateau Larmande began producing much better wine.

The average annual production of Larmande hovers at close to 9,000 cases per year. There is a second wine, Le Cadet de Larmande.

When to Drink Chateau Larmande, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Larmande needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Larmande is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Larmande offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-17 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Larmande with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Larmande is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Larmande is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Larmande is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château Larmande Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Chocolate mint, savory herbs, plums, smoke and licorice define the nose. Fresh, silky and juicy, this elegantly textured wine is medium-bodied, refined and fresh, finishing with loads of soft, sweet, polished red and black plums with a spicy kick. This is another nice step up in quality here. 91-93 Pts

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2018 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Smoke, spice box, espresso, licorice, plums and cherries shoot from the glass with ease. Medium-bodied, soft, elegant and fresh, with a solid blast of sweet cherries, licorice and cocoa coated plums, this is probably the finest vintage of Chateau Larmande ever produced. The wine is a blend of 81% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91 Points

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Easily the most concentrated vintage of Chateau Larmande ever produced, the licorice, espresso and dark red berries really shine. The wine has much more depth than usual. The round finish is all about the ripeness in the fruits this year. 89-91 Pts

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2016 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium bodied, smoky, spicy, fresh and bright, with an easy drinking, soft, open character, finishing with sweet, red cherries and licorice. Drink this now and over the next 10-15 years. 88 Points

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This is a medium/full-bodied effort with good color and cassis and spice in the mouth. Clearly, they are on the way to improving the wine at Larmande but they still have more work to do. While the wine is ripe, it doesn't quite make it to the finish line. 87 Points

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2015 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium bodied, round and showing an earthy, thyme, woodsy, secondary character that adds to the bright, red plum and cherry notes. Give this 3-5 years to add more softness and flesh. 89 Points

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Medium-bodied, soft, fresh and round with a sweet, polished red berry center. 89 Points

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2014 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium bodied, round, fresh and forward with a crisp, red plum and cherry personality. 87-88 Pts

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2013 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium bodied and lightly concentrated, the wine has a soft cherry and licorice core. 86-88 Pts

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2012 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Herbs, licorice, dark red berries and coffee bean scents, this medium/full-bodied wine ends with a short, oaky and sweet red berry finish. 87-89 Pts. 88 Points

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2011 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

From 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers cherry griotte, tannin and stone. 87-89 Pts

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2010 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Using 51% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and a small portion Petit Verdot, the wine opens with licorice, blackberry and cassis scents. Medium/full bodied, the wine ends with a cherry, chocolate and fennel finish. 88-90 89 Points

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2009 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Caramel, red plums, licorice and berry aromas lead to a medium bodied wine that ends with slightly tart, cocoa and black raspberry sensations. 89 Points

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2008 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 83

Overly bright, sharp, tart wine. Medium bodied, blending cranberry with herbs, espresso and strawberry, in the finish. Clearly not my style of wine. 83 Points

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2005 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Light cherry and earthy aromatics on the nose. This medium boded wine ends in a lean, tart cherry and cassis filled finish. There is not enough there, there, to think this will improve with age. 86 Points

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Nice, well made and easy to drink. Enjoy this on the young side. 88 Points

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2001 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Surprisingly good, this medium/full bodied wine has richness, soft, silky tannins, sweet, dark red fruits, licorice and a bit of truffle blended in for good measure. This is drinking in the sweet spot today. 91 Points

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2000 Château Larmande  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Fully mature, medium bodied, correctly made, but lacking in excitement on the nose and on the palate. Pleasant is a fine descriptor. No faults, just ho hum. 88 Points

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