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Average critic rating : 92.5 points



A ripe, complex and brooding nose features notes of cassis, red currant, earth and game along with plenty of spice nuances. There is good power to the concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that are underpinned by relatively fine tannins on the impressively long, dusty and moderately austere finish. This firmly structured and very serious effort is also quite good but as good as it is it can't quite match the Bonnes Mares in 2012. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2024+



The 2012 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru comes from a 0.32-hectare parcel planted in 1950 and 1951. It demonstrates more grandeur and authority on the nose compared to the unruly Bonnes-Mares, dealing up superior delineation and focus. The palate is rich and sensual on the entry: dark cherries, kirsch, marmalade and even a touch of peach. The acidity is well-judged and it finishes with a flourish of precocious candied fruit. This is just superb, a wine worthy of its status.||Domaine de la Pousse d'Or is one of the most picturesque estates in Burgundy, perched imperiously on the southern flank of Volnay village. With his hounds encircling his legs, I met with Patrick Landanger who became proprietor back in 1997 due to the untimely passed of Gerard Potel. His intentions of becoming a silent shareholder were changed and having acquired the remaining shares from the Potel family, found himself the sole proprietor. He got the bit between his teeth, expanding the domaine's holdings up unto Corton and down into Puligny, converting the vineyard to organic viticulture with an eye on biodynamics. We tasted the wines in his multi-tiered cuverie as assembled blend taken directly from vat. Patrick was keen to stress his dedication to sorting, first via a vibrating table, then a second by eye and hand, then electronically. The result is very pure fruit that fortunately is not taken to the extreme so that it erases the nuances of each terroir. Moreover, I appreciate the prudent use of new oak here. This is another estate, like Marquis d'Angerville, that has a ceteris paribus approach i.e. it is maintained at 30% so that those nuances of terroir can be observed without being skewed by the level of wood. There have been occasions, most notably apropos the 2009 vintage, where I felt that there was a touch of over-ripeness evident in the wines. In 2012 I only discerned one cuvee that exhibited similar traits, the Bonnes-Mares, which came across rather ostentatious compared to the far more refined Clos-de-la-Roche. Otherwise, these 2012s from La Pousse d'Or are worth seeking out., 2013

The domaine de la Pousse d’Or, near Beaune, has been owned since 1997 by Patrick Landanger, who has invested considerably in the Burgundian estate. The 18 hectare vineyard covers mainly premier and grand cru sites in Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Corton, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay. Domaine de La Pousse d’Or wines are some of the top examples from the region.

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