The 2014 La Grande Rue Grand Cru has a wonderful bouquet similar to the Grands Echézeaux, though at the moment albeit without the same degree of complexity. Perhaps this is just more backward at the moment. The palate is very well balanced with a keen line of acidity, nicely structured, perhaps just a little more conservative than the Grands Echézeaux, but maybe that means it will offer more once in bottle. One has the sense of a La Grande Rue just biding its time. Hopefully one day I will find out its qualities once in bottle. Drink Date 2018-2038 (93-95)/100 NM
Vosne-Romanée's La Grand Rue on the Côte de Nuits was only given Grand Cru status in 1992. Thevineyard is a monopole of Domaine Lamarche who, in the 1930s when all the other grand crus in Vosne were being classified, did not apply for the promotion. La Grand Rue (1.65 ha) runs in a narrow strip of land and is located in between La Romanée-Conti and La Tâche on the slopes leading away from the town of Vosne-Romanée. Its limestone and clay soils are poorer and shallower than those to the south. La Grande Rue is considered to be among the finest, and highly prized of all burgundies with a character that is typically more feminine rather than powerful. Its wines share some similarity with the renowned La Romanée-Conti to the north.