Domaine de la Pousse d'Or

Volnay | Côte de Beaune | Burgundy

 

Pousse_usp_imageDomaine de la Pousse d’Or has for decades been the collector’s choice for expressive and memorable wines from Burgundy’s most hallowed terroirs.

This historic estate is one of the Burgundian elite, in a similar realm of such exclusive wineries like Romanée-Conti and Comte de Vogüé, with its strict selection and seamless winemaking.

The history of Pousse d’Or in Volnay underscores its influence throughout the ages. In 1855, the winery was part of a larger domaine that included such names as Romanée-Conti and Clos de Tart. Originally called La Bousse d’Or (Bousse, in old French, means earth; thus, “golden earth”), the domaine changed owners a number of times until legend Gérard Potel took the reins.

It was Potel that put the estate’s wines on the map, with the elegant, refined style that Pousse d’Or is still known for today. In 1997, Patrick Landanger purchased the winery and its vineyards. In the mid-2000s, Landanger added an impressive collection of Côte de Nuits vineyards (from Domaine Moine-Hudelot) to his portfolio.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Pousse d’Or has three premier cru monopoles, or exclusively estate-owned vineyards, in Volnay: ‘Clos de la Bousse d’Or,’ ‘Clos des Soixante (60)-Ouvrées’ and ‘Clos d’Audignac.’

Pousse’s attention to detail and dedication to organic viticulture (the estate is not certified but has followed organic principles for years) is serious. Vineyards are cared for without the use of pesticides or herbicides and are regularly plowed.

Grapes are harvested and sorted by hand, and bunches are destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks. Wines are aged from 15 to 18 months in French oak barrels, with between 30 to 50 percent new wood, depending on the cru. All wines are bottled by gravity and are unfined and unfiltered.

WHITE WINES

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Le Cailleret’

‘Cailleret’ offers a depth of flavor and minerality that reminds of its neighbor, Montrachet. Pousse’s plot is bordered by stone walls, and faces east/southeast. Hand-harvested. Pressed full cluster and fermented on indigenous yeasts in French barrique (50% new). Aged also in French barrique (50% new) for one year.

RED WINES

Santenay 1er Cru ‘Clos Tavannes’

‘Clos Tavannes’ is a walled vineyard, located on the border with Chassagne-Montrachet. Older vines, planted in 1920, were originally sourced from Romanée-Conti. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (20% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Chambolle-Musigny

An exceptional village wine. Vines planted in 1976, 1985, 1991 and 1993. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Pommard 1er Cru ‘Jarollières’

Pousse’s vines sit at the top of the slope, along a stone wall; soils are clay-rich, which contributes to the wine’s supple mouthfeel. One-third of vines was planted in 1925; the rest in the 1970s and 1990s. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 18 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos d’Audignac’ Monopole

This noble vineyard, facing north-east, is the domaine’s red carpet, leading to Pousse d’Or’s front door. Steeply sloped, the vineyard is rich in marl and clay; vines planted in 1966. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos de la Bousse d’Or’ Monopole

This walled monopole vineyard is located next to the Volnay town hall. A quarter of vines was planted in 1958; the rest in the late 1960s and 1970s. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos de 60 Ouvrees’ Monopole

An inner lieu-dit of ‘Caillerets,’ located on the border with Meursault, with soils rich in marl and limestone. Nearly half the vines was planted in the 1950s; the rest in the 1980s. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru

The estate’s single acre of vines was planted in 1956, 1986 and 1994, and faces east. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 18 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Corton-Clos du Roi Grand Cru

An historic walled plot located above Corton-Bressandes, ‘Clos du Roi’ is full, broad and intense. Soils blend clay and limestone; vines were planted in 1979 and 1987. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 18 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Feusselottes’

‘Feusselottes’ sits in the heart of the village; soils are stony and shallow, with a mix of limestone and clay sub-soils. Vines planted in 1920, 1926 and 1996. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Groseilles’

This vineyard offers a curious mix of Burgundian terroir, limestone-rich with sand, marl and irregular large rocks. Vines planted in 1937, 1990 and 1991. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Charmes’

‘Charmes’ is the quintessential Chambolle. Soil here is thin, and the Burgundian “mother rock” of limestone is close to the surface. Vines planted in 1982. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (30% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

This grand cru gets its name from the Burgundian “mother rock” of limestone that sits just a few inches under the vineyard’s top soil. Vines planted in 1950. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (50% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

Pousse’s vines were planted in 1929 and 1930. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (50% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Amoureuses’

Pousse’s vines in ‘Amoureuses’ border grand cru Musigny, facing south-east. Soils here offer a vein of iron-rich red clay on top of the Burgundian “mother rock” of limestone—the source of this wine’s complexity. Vines planted in 1976 and 1977. Hand-harvested. Destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in French barrique (50% new) for 15 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Established: 1954 (as modern winery; history stretches back to the 13th century)
Winemaker: Patrick Landanger
Region: France • Burgundy • Côte de Beaune • Volnay
Vineyard size: 46 acres

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