Lamarche Grand Rue 2016

Sara Sparks | March 18, 2020

Burgundy is All About Location, Location, Location

The history of winemaking in Burgundy is as romantic as it is long: monks measured where the sun rose and set, meticulously laid vineyard boundaries, and judged exactly where the best grapes were grown. They documented everything they did for hundreds of years, and quickly recognized the village of Vosne-Romanée as a powerhouse where ethereal wines were made in spades.  

Today, the village boasts six Grand Cru vineyards, one of which is a lesser-known gem. Owned entirely by Domaine Lamarche, La Grand Rue is sandwiched between the most famously rare Burgundy expressions in existence, La Tâche and Romanée-Conti, that sell for $3,000 to $20,000 or more per bottle. Comparatively, La Grande Rue is a steal.

Since taking over as the head winemaker in 2006, Nicole Lamarche has reinvented the wines of her family’s esteemed estate. She has implemented higher quality standards, switched to organic practices, and in 2016, used no new oak at all. La Grand Rue offers us the height of expression and is an enticing opportunity to taste exactly what makes Vosne-Romanée the most heralded terroir of Burgundy.