- Region: Red Burgundy
- Producer: Lamarche, Francois
- Vintage: 2005
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Domaine François Lamarche
Clos de Vougeot
Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 01, 2007
Note: from 3 different parcels, one at the bottom and two at the top but on opposite sides
Producer note: François Lamarche told me that "2005 was about as ideal a growing season as one could reasonably hope for. Yes there was a bit of early season hail that touched certain of our parcels, particularly the Echézeaux but it was so early that it was a quantity issue, not quality. Overall yields were about normal because there were no sorting losses with excellent sugars and we chaptalized nothing. The fermentations were easy as the yeasts ate the sugar quickly and the extractions were also easy as the skins were thick. Essentially, it was almost a cruise control vintage where everything went as planned. I think the style of the vintage will please everyone from the casual burgundy lover to the hard core enthusiast plus the wines will age well." Lamarche said that he would probably start bottling in December for the lower level wines and continue through February for the grands crus, without fining or filtration." (Jeanne-Marie de Champs - Domaines et Saveurs Collection, Beaune, France - fax 011 33 80 22 58 25 is the agent with many regional importers, including Burgundy Wine Company, New York, NY, Glazer's Wholesale, Dallas, TX and Grand Cru Imports, PA; Bibendum, Goedhuis & Co., Laytons, Richards Walford, The Wine Society, Seckford Wines and Raeburn Fine Wines, all UK).
Tasting note: Surprisingly this is quite expressive with bright and elegant red berry fruit, earth and a hint of the sauvage that merges into sweet, rich and full-bodied flavors that also display an intense earthiness on the sweet, precise and driving finish supported by firm and dusty tannins that are chewy but not aggressive, all wrapped in plenty of sap and less youthful austerity than one would typically expect.