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2013 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

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RATINGS

91-93The Wine Advocate

...fragrant and more floral bouquet...nicely defined with blackcurrants and wild strawberry...medium-bodied, the fruit spectrum here more red with strawberry and raspberry notes, a dash of white pepper and a fine lattice of tannins on the refined finish...very pure and sensual.

90Stephen Tanzer

...open-knit aromas of wild strawberry and coffee. Sweet and densely packed, with red fruit and game flavors complicated and lifted by floral and pepper notes. Slightly dusty tannins are nicely supported by fruits and flowers on the back end.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Volnay, Clos De La Bousse d'Or

Volnay is a small appellation with just 904 vineyard acres and a town of fewer than 500 residents. Nevertheless, to Burgundy enthusiasts, it's a jewel. Clive Coates calls Volnay “one of the most delightful wines and one of the most rewarding communes in the Côte d’Or.” Robert M. Parker Jr. described Volnay as “the queen of the Côte de Beaune.” Volnay has always been appealing. In the 13th and 14th centuries the powerful Dukes of Burgundy acquired land there and built chateaux. The medieval town sits on the hillside above the vineyards and the appellation is restricted to red wines made of Pinot Noir. Though there are no Grands Crus, there are 35 Premiers Crus. Some reviewers say the lighter soil of Volnay, compared with Pommard to the north, makes Volnay wines more delicate and elegant than wines from neighboring appellations. Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote that Volnay has a “high-quality level of winemaking…The top Volnays possess an immense, seductive fruitiness and lushness…”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.