Red Burgundy - 2012 - La Grande Rue - Lamarche, Francois

  • Region: Red Burgundy
  • Producer: Lamarche, Francois
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Rating: 93
QtyUnitSizeCase SizePriceReserve
1Case75cl6£1,700

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Tasting Notes

Domaine François Lamarche
2012
La Grande Rue
Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Score: 93
Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
Drink: 2027+
Issue: 57
Producer note: Nicole Lamarche told me that they began picking the 2013 crop "on the 6th of October and there was quite a bit of sorting required and just to be sure we sorted twice as it's hard to be precise in the vineyards. The flowering passed poorly so our yields were down around once again around 30% but at least we weren't hit by hail. There was good phenolic maturity to the fruit and I elected to use around 30% whole clusters, which is about the same amount that I employed in 2012. That said the fruit didn't have the same concentration as it did in 2012 so there was no point in pushing the extraction. Moreover I really wanted to preserve the freshness and silky textures that appeal to me so I limited the number of punch downs. As to the wines they are refreshing and wonderfully transparent as you can really see the differences between one wine and another." Lamarche noted that her 2012s, three of which are revisited below, were bottled in April 2014. (Jeanne-Marie de Champs, www.ds-collection.com, NY, NY is the agent with many regional importers, including Scott Paul Wines, www.scottpaul.com, Portland, OR, Burgundy Wine Company, www.burgundywinecompany.com, NY, NY, and Glazer's, www.glazers.com, Dallas, TX, PA; Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Richards Walford & Co., Ltd., www.r-w.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk and Raeburn Fine Wines, www.raeburnfinewines.com, Edinburgh, all UK; L'Imperatrice Fine Wines, www.imperatrice.com.hk, Hong Kong/China).
Tasting note: There is just enough wood to notice framing the red currant, black cherry and plum aromas that also display pretty floral and spice notes. There is fine concentration, power and punch to the refined and classy middle weight flavors that possess excellent intensity on the balanced, mouth coating, velvety and beautifully persistent finish. This too will need at least a decade plus of bottle age.