About this WINE
Domaine Lamarche produces 15 different wines, including La Grande Rue, a monopole of the estate and one of the rare Grands Crus of Vosne-Romanée. The domaine’s vineyards are principally in Vosne-Romanée, with a single parcel in Nuits-St Georges, as well as vines in the Hautes-Côtes.
The family estate – now run by Nicole and Nathalie – has nearly 28 acres. Its story spans several generations, with ancestors of the Lamarche family established in the village of Vosne-Romanée as far back as 1740. Henri Lamarche founded the estate at the beginning of the 20th century. His son, Henri Lamarche, took over the estate, and inherited La Grande Rue in 1933, the year of his marriage to Aline Demur (La Grande Rue would become a Grand Cru in 1992).
Henri handed the reigns to his son François, who was succeeded by his daughter Nicole and niece Nathalie; Nicole is today in charge of winemaking and Nathalie, the marketing side. Meticulous work in the vineyards, careful barrel selection and a new cuverie (since 2000) have all combined to make this a fine and consistent domaine.
Nicole practises organic viticulture, which she believes makes the vines more resilient. In the winery, she habitually retains around a third whole bunches across the range, with new oak reaching 50% for La Grande Rue.
Bourgogne Rouge is the term used to apply to red wines from Burgundy that fall under the generic Bourgogne AOC, which can be produced by over 350 individual villages across the region. As with Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rosé, this is a very general appellation and thus is hard to pinpoint any specific characteristics of the wine as a whole, due to the huge variety of wines produced.
Around 4,600 acres of land across Burgundy are used to produce Bourgogne Rouge, which is around twice as much as is dedicated towards the production of generic whites.
Pinot Noir is the primary grape used in Bourgogne Rouge production, although Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and in Yonne, César grapes are all also permitted to make up the rest of the wine. These wines tend to be focused and acidic, with the fruit less cloying than in some New World wines also made from Pinot Noir, and they develop more floral notes as they age.
Although an entry-level wine, some Bourgogne Rouges can be exquisite depending on the area and producer, and yet at a very affordable price.
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.