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Domaine de La Pousse d'Or is a Burgundy producer known for its Pinot Noir from a number of highly regarded appellations in the Côte d'Or. Almost all of its wine comes from premier cru or grand cru vineyards, with plantings, including some Chardonnay, spread across seven communes. While the modern commercial estate is relatively young for Burgundy, the property and its buildings have a long history in the region.
The domaine is based in Volnay and was established by Gérard Potel in 1964. The estate is significantly older however, with centuries of documented history. Wine from the estate was recorded among records of the House of Burgundy as far back as the 1100s, and the domaine's iconic headquarters, the Château de Volnay et Clos d'Audignac, dates back to the 19th century. It has vineyards in Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Corton, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay covering 18 hectares (44.5 acres).
In the late 1990s a new gravity fed cuverie was built and the pumps of the older winery were phased out. The new cellar is built around the historic one, with the foundations and some surviving structures dating back to the 16th century. Barrel aging is fairly uniform between the wines, typically divided into thirds with equal time in new, one year and two year old oak barrels.
Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Wine
Clos de la Bousse d'Or is a Premier Cru climat in Volnay, planted entirely to Pinot Noir. The vineyard is one of several that make up the La Village lieu-dit, but it is also a monopole, owned entirely by Domaine de la Pousse d'Or. Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru wines are rich and full bodied, with elegant tannins and good aging capacity.
The vineyard lies just below the village of Volnay itself on the slopes of the Cote d'Or, right in the heart of the appellation. Champans lies lower on the hill, while Taille Pieds is just to the south.
Clos de la Bousse d'Or is not named for the Cote d'Or escarpment, but rather for a local way of saying "good soil". This the site has in spades: the limestone marl soils here have a good combination of slope and porosity that make for excellent drainage, while the clay offers excellent mineral content. Vines are able to grow deep root systems and take warmth from the dry soil, and produce small, concentrated berries as a result.
The climat's favorable aspect also contributes to the high quality of the terroir. As the gentle slope faces toward the southeast, vines are bathed in sunlight for a part of the morning. This encourages ripening in Burgundy's otherwise cool climate, although cooler evenings help the grapes to retain their acidity. This means that the wines are well balanced and can be cellared for several years before drinking.
Wines made in the walled Clos de la Bousse d'Or vineyard may be labeled as such but, as they are part of the La Village climat, they may take that name instead. In practice, most of the small vineyards in La Village are monopoles, owned by various estates, and most take their own name.
“Very ripe yet attractively fresh aromas are composed by notes of poached plum, violet and black cherry along with elusive whiffs of spice, mandarin orange and VA. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is notably finer though less powerful with plenty of minerality on the lingering and understated finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. 2024+.” 92 points | Allen Meadows, Burghound, April 2018
"The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or was showing a little more new oak than the other premier crus (around 30% new), but it is nicely integrated with the blackberry and cassis fruit, scents of crushed violets surfacing with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red cherry and cranberry flavors, fine, edgy tannin and good terroir expression with a dash of white pepper and spice toward the lively finish. One of my favorite Volnays from the domaine, this should age well over the next 12-15 years." 90-92 points | NM, Wine Advocate, December 2017