Domaine François Lamarche La Grande Rue Monopole Vosne-Romanée
The Vosne-Romanée vineyards are planted on deep clay-limestone soils and produce lighter wines, with more subtle aromas, and which develop more quickly.
The grapes are handpicked, 80-to-100% de-stemmed (depending on the vintage) prior to a vatting period of about 15 to 18 days, in open oak vats at a controlled low temperature. The wine is then aged in oak casks for between 16 and 20 months riot to being bottled with no fining and no filtering.
The 2016 La Grande Rue Grand Cru has a very pure, almost pastille-like bouquet with copious red cherry fruit mixed with crushed strawberry and a little cassis. La Grande Rue? [Post script: Bingo!] The palate is very pretty with fine-grain tannin. This is surfeit with freshness and vitality, although it does not quite have the depth and structure of other Grand Crus from the appellation. It does fan out towards the finish. The persistence and the saline aftertaste are very appealing. Excellent. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
95 points, Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2019.