La Pousse d’Or is one of the great names of red Burgundy. This walled monopole vineyard is located next to the Volnay town hall. A quarter of the vines were planted in 1958, the rest in the late 1960s and 1970s. The grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. The wine is aged in French oak barriques (30% new) for 15 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
'The 2012 Volnay Clos de La Bousse d'Or is more reserved than the Caillerets, although it has a similarly dark profile. Graphite, pencil shavings and a host of mineral-inflected notes give the 2012 its sense of energy and thrust. Violets, white pepper, pomegranate and blood orange add substantial lift and a flair of exoticism to the intense, dark fruit. I can't imagine the 2012 giving much pleasure in the immediate future. Readers need to be patient here. Drink 2022-2032’
Volnay is renowned for producing delicate, elegant and graceful wines. The appellation spans 242ha of vineyards, of which 115ha is divided among 26 Premier Crus. Some of the most notable of these are Bousse d'Or, Champans, Clos des Ducs, Les Caillerets and Santenots. Red wine from the Santenots vineyard is labelled as Volnay Santenots.
The wines of Vonay combine distinction, nobility, finesse, elegance, feminity, and an incomparable bouquet. Their robe can range from a tender rose red to the deepest ruby. A delicate bouquet of red berries (raspberry, blackberry) and violets, tannins that may be soft or quite robust, and a gracefully voluptuous palate place these wines among the best representatives of the Côte de Beaune.