Nicole Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
Nicole Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018  Front Label

Nicole Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018

  • D95
  • BH92
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

"Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is aged in oak casks for between 16 and 20 months (between 60 and 100% new oak depending on the vintage). Bottled with no fining and no filtering. Made with 100% Pinot Noir and a match for red meats, game and cheeses."

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D 95
Nicole Lamarache picks her three 45-year-old parcels of Clos de Vougeot, totalling 1.35ha, on the same day. If you want an expression of the Grand Cru with lots of power and concentration, this won't be your sort of wine, because it's all about delicacy, elegance and a light touch. White pepper and wild strawberry flavours are embellished by 30% new wood.
BH 92
A more reserved nose presents an aromatic profile that is comprised by notes of red currant, pomegranate and discreet nuances of earth and spice. The palate impression of the slightly bigger-bodied flavors is also quite sleek though the punchy, very firm and well-delineated finish is not particularly complex and there is a touch of dryness though I doubt it will last.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
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Nicole Lamarche

Nicole Lamarche

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Nicole Lamarche, France
Domaine Lamarche was run by François Lamarche together with his wife Marie-Blanche from the death of his father Henri in 1985 until his retirement in 2006. The vineyards belonged jointly to François and to his sister Genevieve and their respective daughters Nicole and Nathalie, who are now in charge. Nicole is responsible for the vineyards and wine making, and Nathalie runs the commercial aspects of the domaine. The vineyard portfolio of this important domaine was created masterfully over three generations of the Lamarche family. Most of the domaine’s holdings are in the village of Vosne-Romanée. The jewel in the crown is the monopole vineyard of La Grande Rue, a 1.65ha Grand Cru “sandwiched” between the vineyards of Romanée-Conti and La Romanée on the north, and La Tâche on the south. Interestingly, this fine vineyard was honored Grand Cru classification only in 1992. This is the second smallest Grand Cru in the Côte d’Or (the smallest is La Romanée with 0.85 ha). The domaine’s other vineyards include fine parcels of Grands-Échezeaux, Échezeaux, and a unique blend of Clos de Vougeot from three different parcels located at different parts of the Clos; an array of top notch Premiers Crus in Vosne-Romanée including Les Malconsorts, Les Suchots, Les Chaumes, La Croix Rameau; along with the recent addition of Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Cras”. It took hard work over many years to bring the domaine back on track, and the hard work was evident since the 1999 vintage and dramatically since the 2005, two years after Nicole completed her diploma in Oenology and joined her father at the domaine. Since 2006 Nicole has been solely in charge of the domaine, and she now runs the domaine according to her own philosophy. The vineyard practices were changed to organic cultivation, the barrel suppliers were changed and less new wood used (maximum 50% for the top wines depending on the vintage), and the equipment in the winery was updated to modern standards. From the 2018 vintage the Francois Lamarche wines are labelled Nicole Lamarche.
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Vougeot Wine

Cote de Nuits, Burgundy

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Containing the largest Grand Cru in all of the Côte d’Or, Vougeot, the village, takes its name from the small stream flowing through it, called Vouge. Over three quarters of the village retains Grand Cru status, and a single vineyard at that: Clos de Vougeot (or simply, Clos Vougeot). Its mass—over 50 ha—retains the single name chiefly for historic reasons.

But today, Clos de Vougeot contains over 80 owners and shows significant soil and slope variations within its boundaries. The top, bordering Musigny and Grands Echezeaux, is calcareous and gravelly on oolitic limestone and exhibits wonderful drainage. The middle sections are limestone, gravel and clay with less of a slope. The lower part has little slant and is mostly made of clay. Historically the diverse parcels were blended but today the abundance of owners means that everyone has his own style. Exploring and understanding them is part of the allure of Clos de Vougeot.

In general a fine Clos de Vougeot when young will be dense and dark but juicy, with a pronounced austerity, and needs a good ten years to bring it to its full potential.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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