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Nicole Lamarche Grand Cru Monopole La Grande Rue 2021

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Nicole Lamarche Grand Cru Monopole La Grande Rue 2021
Producer Domaine Francois Lamarche
Region, Country Vosne-Romanee, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 23393-750

The 1.65-hectare La Grande Rue vineyard dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the minor road bordering the vineyard as it climbs above the town. After La Romanée, La Grande Rue is the smallest of the Vosne Grands Crus. To say La Grande Rue is enviably situated is an understatement. It directly borders La Tâche to the south (it is the continuation of this vineyard) and La Romanée-Conti, La Romanée and Romanée-Saint-Vivant to the north (across a small road). The site first came into Lamarche’s hands in 1933, and it has been a monopole for this family ever since. 

The style of wine can be thought of as a prettier, more delicate version of La Tâche, but we believe it comes closer to its northern neighbours in style, as Clive Coates MW suggests: “La Grande Rue, in my view, is a more feminine wine than La Tâche. It is closer to Romanée-Saint-Vivant.” As always, comparisons are problematic—La Grande Rue has its own personality! But it is also clearly a wine of great class. When you taste it next to the same producer’s Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux and Clos de Vougeot (which are themselves superb examples of their respective Grand Cru vineyards), the sheer class and depth of La Grande Rue is self-evident. 

Nicole Lamarche Grand Cru Monopole La Grande Rue 2021

Reviews

“This presents a whirl of heady aromas on the nose: tea leaves, tobacco, rose petals, red plum preserves and blood orange. The tannins are wispy and lightly dusty, the succulence is alluring and the acidity is mouthwatering. Nicole says it's never worth "checking" on a bottle of La Grande Rue before five years. I'd give it at least that long!”
96 points, Christy Canterbury MW, Timatkin.com, Burgundy 2021 Special Report
“The usual lighter colour but with a delicious nose, slightly riper strawberries. Here there is notably greater density on the palate, with still the right acidity behind. Tannins are integrated, the red fruit remains fully present across the palate, and delivers good length. Little orange blossom notes as ever, and considerable persistence. Fine if less intense than certain years.”
93-95 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

Reviews

“This presents a whirl of heady aromas on the nose: tea leaves, tobacco, rose petals, red plum preserves and blood orange. The tannins are wispy and lightly dusty, the succulence is alluring and the acidity is mouthwatering. Nicole says it's never worth "checking" on a bottle of La Grande Rue before five years. I'd give it at least that long!”
96 points, Christy Canterbury MW, Timatkin.com, Burgundy 2021 Special Report
“The usual lighter colour but with a delicious nose, slightly riper strawberries. Here there is notably greater density on the palate, with still the right acidity behind. Tannins are integrated, the red fruit remains fully present across the palate, and delivers good length. Little orange blossom notes as ever, and considerable persistence. Fine if less intense than certain years.”
93-95 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

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