La Grande Rue, Grand Cru
Domaine François Lamarche

La Grande Rue, Grand Cru,



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

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Domaine François Lamarche, La Grande Rue, Grand Cru, 2008

An archetypal Vosne Grand Cru, rich, sensual very fine and silky bordering on lavish, beautiful crushed fruit flavours of blueberries, cherries and minerals, with a complex saltiness and minerality, terrifyingly stylish and elegant.

Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2016 La Grande Rue Grand Cru has a very pure, almost pastille-like bouquet with copious red cherry fruit mixed with crushed strawberry and a little cassis. La Grande Rue? [Post script: Bingo!] The palate is very pretty with fine-grain tannin. This is surfeit with freshness and vitality, although it does not quite have the depth and structure of other Grand Crus from the appellation. It does fan out towards the finish. The persistence, and the saline aftertaste are very appealing. Excellent. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
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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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