2009 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Jarollières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1260789 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pommard Les Jarolieres saturates the palate with its round, ripe fruit. This shows lovely depth and richness, then turns quite a bit more powerful and tannic on the finish. Sweet menthol and crushed rocks wrap around the close. Les Jarolieres is on the border with Volnay. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2039. (AG)  (5/2011)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 "Sweet spot Outstanding" A completely different fruit profile is present here as the red currant, earth and wet stone aromas are followed by rich, full and naturally sweet mineral-driven flavors possess excellent mid-palate density and outstanding precision and length on the palate staining finish. I very much like the sense of underlying tension though fans of this wine should note that plenty of patience will be required....Patrick Landanger professed himself to be "very happy" with the 2009 vintage. He was, understandably, more interested in discussing his latest acquisition, which has been explained in these pages before. However, 2009 was the first vintage in which the wines will appear under the Pousse d'Or label. In the comments next to each wine, I give the specific details for each of them. As to the quality of the 2009s, as the scores and comments suggest with the exception of the Clos de la Roche, I was extremely impressed with the wines and they should amply reward extended cellaring. Drink: 2024+  (5/2011)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from vines adjacent to Volnay) Deep ruby-red. Wild smoky reduction currently dominates the nose; one smells the site's warm red soil. Then sweet and fine-grained in the style of a Volnay, showing no roughness of texture even at this early stage. This big, rich wine boasts plenty of phenolic material but the broad tannins are fine and horizontal. Finishes saline and long, with some acidity yet to be integrated. (ST)  (2/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Relatively dark ruby. Some mossiness on the nose - a hint of green leaves even. Clean, bright aromas. Very youthful and crystalline but not that much flesh at the moment. Dry finish. Very precise flavours but no charm for the moment. May well be worth waiting for. (JR)  (3/2011)

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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

- 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.