1999, Francois Lamarche, Grande Rue

La Grande Rue, Burgundy, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 94

Drinking Dates: 2017+

Critic: Allen Meadows

Tasted: 01-Apr-2008

(2 barrels were produced from vines in Les Gaudichots planted in 1933 and aged in CAVIN Aphrodite barrels that are made from 300 year old oak trees sourced from the Fontainebleau forest). Here the wood treatment is more evident though it’s not intrusive on the nose that is, not surprisingly, quite similar to that of the regular cuvée. Interestingly, the medium-bodied flavors are not more concentrated but they are notably finer with superb intensity and minerality on the strikingly long finish that is just a bit more structured. This is classy and beautifully well-balanced and should age accordingly. (92-95)/2034+