La Grande Rue, Grand Cru
Domaine François Lamarche

La Grande Rue, Grand Cru, 2008



Domaine François Lamarche, La Grande Rue, Grand Cru, 2008


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Domaine François Lamarche, La Grande Rue, Grand Cru, 2008

The most taciturn wine of the range but its sheer class is evident in how beautifully proportioned and weighted it is. Gentle floral notes fuse with ripe cherry, berry, stone and cool earth with complex Asian spice nuances. So long, beguiling and sophisticated. La Grande Rue is an exceptional vineyard that sits next to La Tâche and was granted the honour of Grand Cru status in 1992.







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Domaine François Lamarche

Domaine François Lamarche

A 10 ha domaine in Vosne whose jewel in the crown is the monopole La Grande Rue, which was elevated to Grand Cru status in 1992. After years of neglect by previous generations François oversaw a steady improvement in quality throughout the 1990s and in the last few years his daughters have helped raise the qualitative bar further still. As of the 2007 vintage the François' daughter Nicole has taken total control of the winemaking. The approach is fairly hands off in the winery and hands on in the vineyard. Grapes are feremented with a large proportion of whole bunches, depending in the vintage this could be up to 40-50%, and extractions is super gentle, more of an infusion. For élévage very little new oak is used - 20% for the Villages rising to 40% for La Grande Rue. These are delicate, high-toned and resplendent Burgundies of great caliber.

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