2015 Francois Lamarche, Grande Rue Cuvee 1959
Availability: 3-4 weeks
Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 1.5l
Francois Lamarche, Grande Rue Cuvee 1959
The 2015 La Grande Rue "Cuvée 1959" Grand Cru, the second release, has an attractive bouquet with dried orange peel infusing the red berry fruit, fine mineralité and that common scent of earl grey expressed by the regular La Grande Rue developing with time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, nicely pitched acidity and a silky smooth texture. This seems to glide across the palate and leads to a finish that has superb tension and mineralité. It has a little more buff and polish than the regular cuvée, two sides of the same coin in many ways.
94-96 points Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
The debut 2014 La Grande Rue "Cuvée 1959" Grand Cru comes from a small plot of vines that was exchanged with Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, so that they could complete the monopole of La Tâche as part of "remembrement" -- which basically means grouping land together. These were specifically three parcels that came to just 0.1013 hectares (plus a postage stamp of Les Gaudichots"). Nicole Lamarche was prompted to bottle it separately having found out about the exchange in Allen Meadows' "Pearl of the Côte" tome and it represents just two barrels. It has a very precise bouquet, the fruit a touch darker than the regular La Grande Rue, coveting its mineral core at first but after a few minutes it opens up gloriously. The palate has a touch more structure than the regular bottling, with dark cherries, minerals, strawberry pastille and a very intense finish that fans out gloriously. Just 600 bottles produced, though Nicole informed me that it is not a one-off and will be made henceforth.