2008 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Jarollières"

SKU #1218854 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A fresh, expressive and ripe nose of plum, violets, earth and a game nuance that is also reflected by the rich, full and impressively scaled medium weight plus flavors that evidence a trace of minerality on the firm, balanced and strikingly long finish. Lovely and this is a Pommard of refinement but still a Pommard. (Drink starting 2018)  (4/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Pousse d’Or 2008 Pommard Jarollieres evinces some of the same smoky machine oil-like aromas as its sibling Clos d’Audignac, here allied to roasted game and cooked ripe blackberry. An abundance of tannin remains relatively fine-grained, and will in any case have been exacerbated by the wine’s having just been bottled. Stony, peaty, gamy, and bitter-edged black fruit notes dominate in a rather somber finish, though that, too, is surely a bit dampened-down by bottling and there is a fundamental underlying fruity and carnal richness here that bodes well for a decade or more of cellaring. (DS)  (6/2010)

K&L Notes

This wonderful vineyard is on the border of Volnay, next to Pommard "Les Rugiens." It is never as meaty as Rugiens, but shares some of the elegance and aromatics of Volnay.

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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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Burgundy

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