- Domaine Lamarche
- La Grande Rue
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2040
- Case size
Neal Martin, January 2022,
The 2017 La Grande Rue has a deep, introspective bouquet, offering more black fruit than red; touches of oyster shell and seaweed percolate through with time. The palate is where the quality shines through, in the filigreed tannins and the wonderful sense of symmetry. Fresh as a daisy without compromising intensity, especially on the pixelated finish, which seems to go on forever. Brilliant. This far exceeded my expectations.
Neal Martin, Jan 2017,
The 2017 La Grande Rue, the famous 1.65-hectare monopole of the domaine that runs parallel to Romanée-Conti and La Romanée, offers attractive crushed strawberry, raspberry, rose petal and wet limestone aromas on the nose. This is not as intense as the 2016 but very focused and delineated. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, replete with filigreed tannin and a refreshing sense of salinity that becomes more marked toward the finish. This feels linear and almost strict at the moment, but it will gain more depth during the remainder of its barrel maturation. Excellent. DRINK 2022-2040
The Lamarche family have been in Vosne Romanée since 1740. Over the years and through multiple marriages, they were able to expand their earthly possessions and increase their vineyard holdings to include various parcels and plots across 11 appellations. Their most famous vineyard, which is also their flagship, is La Grande Rue, a 1.65 hectare plots in Vosne Romanée which became an official grand cru in 1992. Today the domaine is run by François Lamarche and his delightfully cheeky wife, Marie-Blanche. Their daughter, Nicole, and their niece, Nathalie, help with the vineyards and winemaking. More modern in thinking, they age all of their village, premier cru and grand cru wines in 100% new oak barrels.
La Grande Rue
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.