2012 Corton Clos du Roi Domaine de la Pousse d'Or



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Average critic rating : 92.5 points

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A more deeply pitched and overtly sauvage nose displays notes of iron-infused earth along with ripe and fresh dark currant and cassis aromas. There is excellent size, weight, power and concentration to the big-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the intensely mineral-infused finish where a touch of wood surfaces. This is a substantial wine even by the outsized standards of a fine Clos du Roi. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2024+

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The 2012 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru is from the domaine's 1.45-hectare east-facing vines planted in 1979 and 1987. It has a more mineral-driven bouquet compared directly against the Corton-Bressandes. It boasts fine definition with lovely sous-bois aromas bubbling up. The palate is well-balanced with crisp, almost chalky tannins. It is bright and bushy tailed before closing up on the tannic, slightly chalky textured finish. This is one of the best wines from the domaine this year. ||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. eRobertParker.com.December, 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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