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Expert Picks: Domaine Lamarche and…Domaine Lamarche!

Posted on | September 23, 2015 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014Football season is off and running and all the pumpkin spice products are back in stock at our favorite coffee shops and bakeries. Now that the fall weather has finally hit us here in New York, leaves will soon be turning yellow. On the wine side, Burgundy is the name of the game—at least it is in my cellar. A favorite that comes to mind is Vosne-Romanée and from a producer like Lamarche, you can’t go wrong!

The Lamarche family history in the village of Vosne-Romanee dates back to the mid-1700’s, and has grown considerably. Henri Lamarche, a cooper, founded the estate and leaves his name and legacy. Fast-forward to today, the renowned estate is run by sixth-generation winemakers Nicole and Natalie, who are sisters. Lamarche holds its place as a leading domaine, producing wines that express themselves through their subtlety rather than their power in bottlings that display ripe, high-toned fruit and strong sense of terroir. Domaine Lamarche produces 14 different wines in total, including la Grande Rue, a monopole of the estate and one of the rare grand crus of Vosne-Romanée. Today I am focusing on the domaine’s classic Vosne-Romanée and the lovely premier cru Les Malconsorts, both from the 2012 vintage.

Domaine Lamarche 2012 Vosne-Romanée $69.99

If there were a signature style for the area, this Vosne-Romanée would be the textbook. Gorgeous balance of fruit and earth here, elegant yet shows power. Great balance and structure in this wine, yet it offers early approachability if you don’t have the patience.

Domaine Lamarche 2012 Vosne-Romanée 1er cru Les Malconsorts $141.99

This bottling is classic in every single way. The Malconsorts is simply beautiful, even in its youth. There is a decadence of floral aromas with high-pitched red fruit and plenty of earth and spice on the palate. Drink the Vosne-Romanée before opening this bottle; the Malconsorts’ additional time in your cellar will greatly reward your palate.

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