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Expert Picks: Domaine Lamarche and…Domaine Lamarche!

Posted on | June 24, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiEarlier this year I took time to honor the estate and legacy of Domaine François Lamarche, a Burgundy legend. I was in Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic last weekend, and I was reminded all over again why that legend deserves our praise and adulation. I was privy to a few vintage selections from the hallowed vineyards and cellars of Lamarche, so I wanted to share these wines with you again. I cannot emphasize more how special they are.

The wines produced from the fruit of the vineyard Grands Echézeaux are brooding, not a term often associated with Pinot. But in Grands Echézeaux, black fruit and deep red cherries abound on the nose and palate, as do telltale Asian spices, hoison and tea. These wines are also famous for being some of the longest-lived wine in the entire Côtes d’Or. I recently had these two bottles of Lamarche Echézeaux, and if you do insist upon drinking them, I highly suggest decanting them for 8-12 hours. However, give them years in the bottles and they will give you memories for a lifetime.

Domaine Lamarche 2011 Grands Echézeaux $329.99

As recent vintages go, the 2011 had more similarities to 2010 than most. The wines were decidedly middle-weight and “Burgundian” in style. These bottles are all about their elegance and their detail, and they will go for a very long time on the palate. The 2011 is complex and deftly weaves together fruit and spice. Drink from 2020 on.

Domaine Lamarche 2012 Grands Echézeaux $379.00

For a recent comparison for the 2012 vintage, you might look back to 2009. Now, there were many differences, i.e. 2009 was a bumper crop and 2012 saw a production dip of 50%, but the resulting wines from both vintages are voluptuous, rich, dense and seductive—wines that stain the palate. Because of these qualities, the wine might not go quite as far, but it is all relative because this Echézeaux will still be a joy for 30 years. Drink from 2018 on.


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