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2010 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos Des 60 Ouvrees

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

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RATINGS

93Burghound.com

...hallmark minerality of this wine is very much in evidence on the palate staining flavors that possess a silky and highly sophisticated mouth feel while culminating in a dusty, explosive and gorgeously long finish.

91Stephen Tanzer

Silky on entry, then dense and rich in the middle...Round and fairly large-scaled...

17Jancis Robinson

The most animated, classic burgundian nose of Pousse d'Or's 2010 Volnays. Racy, lively and with real energy here, as though the fruit had at last been concentrated enough to triumph over the winemaking. Good aromatic lift.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Volnay, Les Caillerets, Clos Des 60 Ouvrees

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.