2002 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des 60 Ouvrées"

SKU #1014751 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Powerful rich fruit with flavors of chocolate and rich concentration make this a ripe, intense wine with delicious flavors of sweet acidity.  (9/2004)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is elegance and complexity to burn with a simply dazzling array of spicy black fruit aromas nuanced by a pungent minerality and a subtle warm earth quality. The medium weight, extremely rich flavors offer serious depth and solid weight and punch with a level of dry extract that completely coats and stains the palate. The incredibly long finish is precise and pure with impeccable balance and this should be capable of aging for a good 15 years yet be approachable after 5 to 7.  (4/2004)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Shy but precise aromas of raspberry, strawberry and flowers. Then tight and a bit youthfully bound-up in the mouth, showing less early sweetness and flesh than the Bousse d'Or. But this vineyard, at the edge of Santenots, produces a masculine, minerally style of wine. This calls for at least five years of cellaring.  (3/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Light on the nose, but convincing. Lots of rich flavours, though more delicate than Clos de la Bousse d’Or. Very good winemaking. Great balance.  (1/2004)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beguiling aromas of animal fur, blackberries, dark cherries, and violets can be found in the nose of the 2002 Volnay En Caillerets Clos des 60 Ouvrees. Viscous, deep, and chewy, this muscular wine boasts immense concentration and length. Its thickly textured personality reveals blackberry jam, candied dark cherries, and a myriad spices. Its prolonged finish exhibits exquisitely ripe tannin. Though I’ve been in love with the 1990 for years, this 60 Ouvrees may well surpass it! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019." (06/04)

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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.
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France

- 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- 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. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Volnay

- Sometimes known as the Chambolle Musigny of the Côte de Beaune, Volnay is famous for its silky, elegant wines with finesse, delicacy and an almost ethereal nose. However, the wines have a depth and structure that can allow them to age for decades. Remington Norman said it wonderfully in his book The Great Domaines of Burgundy: 'If the wines of Pommard sometimes seem like a truck-driver's interpretation of Pinot, then those of Volnay are a ballerina's.