Friday, January 12, 2018

Domaine François LAMARCHE (Vose-Romanée) -- 2016 Tasted from Barrel Samples

Harvesting began on 26 September. Overall losses were half of a normal crop. Each cuvéecontains 30% whole clusters. No new oak was used so that the vintage can be seen as it is, explained Nathalie Lamarche; it is a spiritual vintage for expression of Pinot Noir, and so this is what the estate wishes to emphasize. Malolactic fermentations were rather late here. 

These wines were served from barrel samples at room temperature. I’m used to tasting (and drinking) Burgundy at cellar temperature, so the warmth of the wines added an additional challenge to their evaluation. (Continue reading here.)