Under new management, Larmande appears to be set to rebound in quality after a period of listless performances. The 2013 exhibits elegant strawberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of incense, loamy soil and roasted herbs. Only 40% of the production made it into this fruity, easygoing, elegant and pure wine. The final blend was 80% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. This light- to medium-bodied St.-Emilion should drink well for 4-5 years.
Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr.