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Domaine Pousse d’Or is undoubtedly the most famous winery in Volnay, given its impressive history and current status in the world of Burgundy.
In 1855, the domaine was part of a larger domaine that included such names as Romanée-Conti and Clos de Tart. Originally called La Bousse d’Or (Bousse, in old French, means earth; thus, “golden earth”), the domaine changed hands a number of times until it fell into the hands of Gérard Potel. It was Potel that put the domaine’s wines on the map, with the style that it is known for today.
In 1997 Patrick Landanger purchased Pousse d’Or. The domaine already had a fabulous history and an excellent reputation. All anyone could ever hope for would be an enlightened owner, someone who would respect the domaine and then with all the means necessary, seek to improve upon greatness. That is exactly what Landanger did.
He hired a new vineyard manager and a new consulting enologist. Dedicated to even richer, more intense wines than past vintages, Landanger then took the radical decision to make a delayed debut with the 1999 vintage. This meant passing over the very good 1997s and 1998s, and still being stocked, and absorbing those costs. For that, Landanger deserves a lot of credit.
When vines begin to sprout the French say, "Ça pousse." Pousse d’Or has been blossoming for more than a century, and with every vintage, we’re floored at the level of quality.
Diligent green harvesting and vineyard selection at harvest leads to very small average yields. Mechanical sorting precedes manual sorting where vineyard workers examine the grapes bunch by bunch, berry by berry. All the wines we import from the domaine are unfined and unfiltered.
Pousse d'Or has three premier cru monopoles, or estate-owned and bottled vineyards in Volnay: Volnay "Clos de la Bousse d’Or," Volnay "Clos des Soixante-Ouvrées," and "Clos l’Audignac." The domaine also makes a fine Santenay, a premier cru Pommard "Les Jarollieres," and two remarkable grand cru Cortons.