2015 Domaine Francois Lamarche 1er Cru Vosne Romanee "Les Suchots" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1332755 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots has what you might call more "gumption" on the nose compared to the comparatively fey Les Chaumes, bridled with red cherries, crushed strawberry and raspberry preserve aromas, pressed flowers and orange blossom emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a beguiling caressing texture, quite energetic in the mouth with white pepper and a touch of sea salt towards the finish. This should evolve into a very fine Les Suchots. It is always a pleasure to catch up with Nicole Lamarche, who may or may not have been sporting less body piercings this year, but remains the coolest looking vigneron in Vosne-Romanée by some stretch. I have not noticed any body piercings on either Louis-Michel Liger-Belair or Aubert de Villaine...but you never know. To reiterate previous reports, Nicole has done much to propel the domaine forward in recent years, including the conversion of the family’s vineyards to biodynamics. That cannot have been easy after her father François died in a tractor accident in 2013. “The harvest commenced on 10 September and finished 18 September. I picked one day, stopped for the rain, started after the rain. I had read in one of my mother's books that explained how rain helps keep the acidity, which is what I wanted...” It is an intriguing idea, although I am unsure whether it is true. Perhaps the perception of acidity alters since rain could slow down the accumulation of sugar, though whether it physi  (12/2016)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is just enough wood to remark upon setting off the notably fresh but deeper pitched aromas of plum, violet, Asian-style tea and ample spice nuances. There is a bit more volume to the seductively textured medium weight flavors that possess a supple mid-palate that contrasts with the tightly wound and gorgeously long finale. This is a classic Suchots that delivers excellent power with no apparent weight and one that should be approachable young if desired.  (1/2017)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.