2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets"

SKU #1250620 91-93 points Vinous

 Dark plums, spices, smoke and menthol are some of the many nuances that emerge from Pousse d'Or's 2012 Volnay En Caillerets. This is a distinctly dark style of Caillerets that is deeply marked by the signature low yields of the year. There is considerable intensity in the glass, but my fear is that the wine is so concentrated that some of the terroir signatures are masked by the sheer richness of the fruit. (AG)  (1/2014)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Liqueur-like black and blue fruit aromas complicated by violet and game. Very ripe and plush, with flavors of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Finishes thick and long, with serious, slightly edgy tannins, a restrained sweetness and a hint of pastry. Just enough verve here to support the wine's full ripeness.  (1/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru En Cailleret was the last cuvee to complete its malolactic fermentation, three weeks before I visited. It comes from east-facing vines most planted in 1976. The nose is a little difficult to discern at this early stage: stubborn and refusing to come out and play. However the palate is lively with marmalade-tinged black fruit and a succulent, energetic finish that exerts a gentle grip. It does not quite have the vivacity of the best Cailleret that I have tasted, but it remains a very satisfactory wine. (NM)  (12/2013)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also markedly ripe with its more elegant nose of plum, violets, earth, spice and red currant aromas. There is a bit more energy to the detailed and mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess a dusty finish where there is a slight hint of back-end drynes...(AM)  (4/2014)

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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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- 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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- 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.