Domaine François Lamarche

Domaine François Lamarche is a domaine in the ascendant. François, who sadly died in 2013, took over from his father in 1985 and his daughter Nicole assumed the management of the vines and winemaking in 2006. His niece Nathalie looks after the sales. They are based in Vosne-Romanée where François' ancestors have lived since the 1740s, and they make 14 different wines from the 10 hectares under vine.

The portfolio of vine holdings includes parcels in the grands crus of La Grande Rue (a Lamarche monopole elevated to grand cru staus in 1992 and sandwiched between La Tâche and La Romanée Conti), Clos-de-Vougeot, Grands-Échezeaux and Échezeaux, and the premiers crus of La Croix Rameau, Les Malconsorts, Les Chaumes and Les Suchots (all in Vosne-Romanée) and Les Crus in Nuits-St-Georges.

Great care is taken to ensure the quality of the fruit that is to be fermented, with sorting in the vineyards after hand picking, sorting again on vibrating tables at the winery, partial or total destemming depending on the cuvée, and a maceration of the must before and after the temperature controlled fermentation. Chaptalisation is avoided where at all possible. The wines are then aged in carefully chosen oak, 60% to 100% new depending on the appellation, for 14 to 20 months. Bottling is carried out without fining or filtration. Since taking over the winemaking Nicole has raised quality and consistency even further and Domaine Lamarche is on the rise.