|Trompe l'oeil scene on the wall at the Domaine François Lamarche|
I am pleased to say that I found a thoroughly delicious line-up: wines of laid-back fruit surrounding profound characterisation of each vineyard. These will all make serious and delicious drinking in the years to come.
2015 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, François Lamarche
£84 in bond per 6 Drink 2018-21
This is instantly fresh on the palate (the nose was a bit discombobulated when I was there, but will completely resolve itself with a short period in bottle) and there's a fabulous thread of acidity that lends real snap to the delightful red fruit. And, within, there's fresh limestone structure that lends a layer of seriousness to this wonderful "entry level" burgundy. Proper Lamarche issue…
"This comes highly recommended. 89-91/100." Neal Martin
2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, François Lamarche
£570 in bond per 6 Drink 2020-38
Superb aromas of sloe and piquent orange and dark, pure fruit. This is really very rich and quickly fresh, with flavours of orange. Fleshy-rich and supple wine with a core of very fine-grained, spicy mineral structure that becomes more upright, just taking off sky-ward with a rocky-solid freshness at the end. Most impressive CV.
"This is a delicious Clos de Vougeot...93-95/100." Neal Martin
2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru, François Lamarche
£570 in bond per 6 Drink 2019-35
The nose is all about the purity of the red and black cherry and currant fruit along with a darkly floral pot pourri scent and a hint of chocolate, perhaps from the wood. In the mouth and the entry is supple and cool and of dew-fresh fruit. There's a core of really electric structure here that steadily emerges. Great vim and precision to this and a great fruity sustain leading on to a complex finish, fresh and mineral. Nicole thinks this is her sexiest wine this year and I would have to agree. Lovely.
"This is wonderful. 93-95/100." Neal Martin
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