2012 La Grande Rue Francois Lamarche

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£3,865.00 DP

Average critic rating : 93.0 points



The 2012 La Grande Rue Grand Cru is of course, the Lamarche family’s centerpiece – the 1.65-hectare monopole that runs parallel to the lane that borders Romanee-Conti and La Romanee, La Tache on the other side. It has a perfumed, vivacious bouquet with open red berry fruit, hints of peppermint and dried rose petals all bursting from the glass. The definition is very fine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins on the entry. This is very composed, nicely focused, harmonious right to the finish, though like the Grands Echezeaux I would like to see a little more substance develop with time. This is almost approachable now, but it will naturally age well for 15-20 years.||Domaine Francois Lamarche is renowned for its monopole La Grande Rue that lies on the opposite side of the road from Romanee-Conti, although its history is far less illustrious, at least until recent times when it has been great to see this domaine’s wines radically improving. La Grande Rue was apparently a wedding gift to Henri Lamarche given in 1933 (better than a toaster) although the monopole was not even a grand cru until a rare promotion in 1992, albeit at a time when it was recognized that yields were way too high. Nicole Lamarche has been the winemaker here since 2007, whilst her sister Nathalie is in charge of marketing along with her aunt. The harvest commenced on 22 September and lasted for five or six days and all cuvees include around 30% whole cluster fruit and underwent long malo-lactic fermentation. The samples were taken directly from stainless steel tank and will be bottled in approximately three months’ time. The wines of this domaine have a distinct style. They have always been lighter than their peers, prioritizing finer tannins and more red fruit than black. Just taste through say, Bernard Gros’ and Lamarche’s wines one after the other and you see for yourself two dichotomous expressions of the same patch of earth. I have a penchant for Lamarche’s style of Pinot Noir and appreciated and praised recent vintages, although apropos these 2012s, I have to admit that I was seeking just a little more substance, a touch more conviction percolating through. I enjoyed them, but mentally I found myself wanting to “gee them up”, muster more vigor and flair. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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