2014 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de la Bousse"

SKU #1271579 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet Spot* A discreet application of wood sets off notably ripe liqueur-like aromas of black Pinot fruit, spice, plum and lilac. There is more refinement present on the admirably pure middle weight flavors that also exhibit plenty of minerality on the detailed and seductively textured finale. As it usually is this is an exercise in harmony and grace and one that should age well thanks to its impeccable balance. Worth checking out.  (4/2016)

92 points Decanter

 Dense, oaky nose; almost tarry. Rich and compact palate with imposing, concentrated fruit – it lacks some typicity but has depth and power. Tannic but not too extracted and should develop well. (SB)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or, the 2.13 monopole from vines planted between 1958 and 1991, has a refined bouquet with more mineral scents filtering through the carapace of black and red berry fruit. There is something gentle about these aromatics. The palate is fleshy on the entry. The oak is nicely integrated here, lending this a creaminess to the texture. This is very harmonious with just a touch of salinity furnishing the elegant finish. This is a well crafted Volnay. (NM)  (12/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bright medium ruby. Aromas of black cherry, black licorice, resin and mint are lifted by high notes of violet and peppery herbs. Comes across as more mineral in the mouth than the Caillerets, but also with a distinct herbal aspect to its flavors of black fruits and dark chocolate. This extremely primary wine, made from a crop level below 20 hectoliters per hectare, finishes with substantial, slightly drying tannins. Incidentally, Landanger prunes short for a crop load of 35 hectoliters per hectare, preferring this approach to carrying out a green harvest during summer to reduce yields. (ST)  (1/2016)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.