This is clearly a wine of distinction – Vosne-Romanée royalty if you prefer – and there is no royalty higher in the Côte de Nuits. It is elegant, endlessly complex, and I could spend the whole night sniffing the glass. Bill Nanson, The Finest Wines of Burgundy
La Grande Rue is a multifaceted wine, combining finesse, elegance, refinement, good if not huge power, a highly scented spice-infected nose and beautiful harmony of expression, all wrapped up in a wonderfully seductive and satiny finish. In particular, it can deliver succulent richness, even opulence and mature into pure velvet and silk. Allen Meadows, The Pearl of the Côte—The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée
The 1.65-hectare of La Grande Rue dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the small road bordering the vineyard as it climbs above the town. The vineyard is enviably situated, directly bordering La Tâche to the south (it is the continuation of this vineyard) and La Romanée-Conti, La Romanée and Romanée-Saint-Vivant to the north (across a small road). It can be thought of as a prettier, more delicate (and somewhat more delicately priced) version of La Tâche*. The site first came into Lamarche hands in 1933 and has been a monopole for the family ever since. After La Romanée, La Grande Rue is the smallest of the Vosne Grand Crus. Clive Coates MW writes: “La Grande Rue, in my view, is a more feminine wine than La Tâche. It is closer to Romanée-Saint-Vivant.” Meadows also tells us (in The Pearl of the Côte) that the wine’s ageing potential most closely mirrors that of Romanée-Saint-Vivant. We include the quotes above to give you some idea of the wine’s nature.
As always, comparisons are problematic—La Grande Rue clearly has its own personality and it is also clearly a site of great class. When you taste this wine next to the same producer’s Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux and Clos de Vougeot (which are themselves superb examples of their respective Grand Cru vineyards), the sheer class and depth of La Grande Rue is self-evident. This is no different for the stunning 2017 which is a wine of tremendous depth and finesse. It’s obviously early days but this is arguably the finest example from this terroir that we have shipped.
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