Domaine de la Pousse d’Or – Santenay 1er Cru “Les Gravieres”, 2008
91 Points Allen Meadows’ Burghound
“Outstanding, top value… there is good energy to the attractively textured middle weight flavors that offer good richness and volume as well as a somewhat softer mouth feel… I like the complexity and overall sense of balance here.”
88-89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“From tank – on the eve of its bottling – the Pousse d’Or 2008 Santenay Les Gravieres smells of game, leather, and humus; offers dark berries and bitter chocolate on a polished, almost plush palate; and finishes with satisfying if not striking length. It should merit the better part of a decade of attention, though its gamey element may well become more pronounced and not prove every taster’s cup of Pinot.”
About Domaine de la Pousse d’Or
Domaine de la Pousse d’Or is a 40-acre estate in Volnay that traces its history to the 15th century. In old French the estate’s name meant “golden earth,” a testament to the reputation of its terroir. It was run for many years by the legendary Gerard Potel, whose wines were considered some of the best of Burgundy. Potel died in 1997 at age 61, and the estate was purchased by Patrick Landanger, who added vineyards and updated the facilities. Today the estate produces Grand Cru and Premier Cru, notably Volnays, a Pommard, a Santenay and Cortons. And it is still highly regarded by Burgundy collectors. Its wines often earn ratings of 95 pts and above.
Santenay is the southernmost appellation in the Côte d’Or. The appellation includes the communes of Santenay and Remigny and it has 813 vineyard acres. Both red and white wines can be made within the Santenay appellation, though in practice about 85% of the wine produced here is red. Pinot Blanc may be used in white wines, though most white Santenays are 100% Chardonnay. Though there are no Grands Crus, Santenay boasts 12 Premiers Crus. Among the best Premiers Crus vineyards are Clos de Tavannes, La Comme, Les Gravières and Le Passe Temps. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “good Santenays share a robust, tannic, earthy character with a bouquet that suggests cherry and strawberry fruit intertwined with the smell of sautéed almonds.” Clive Coates has noted that the white wines of Santenay “should be crisp, medium-bodied and fruity, less racy but fuller than Saint-Aubins, perhaps with a touch of spice…”
Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2015
Domaine Faiveley is located in France, at the heart of Viticultural Burgundy, between Dijon and Beaune in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Historically based in the Côte de Nuits capital, the Faiveley family has progressively extended its domaine and today owns vineyards in the finest climats in Burgundy – Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet, Mercurey and others.
To maintain all the freshness and quality of the grapes they were pressed and vinified on site in Mercurey. The wine was then taken to Nuits-Saint-Georges to be matured, in part, in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The barrels come from high quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.
An aromatic nose which mixes red and black fruit with spice and a touch of smoke. Round and fleshy in the mouth (medium body) with velvety tannins and a lively freshness; flavours of raspberry and other very ripe red fruits. An early-drinking style. Enjoy with charcuterie, ham or game.
‘Cask sample. Mid cherry red. Deliciously fragrant with red fruit. It may be auto-suggestion but there’s raspberry fruit in here. A touch smoky but fine with freshness to the end. Juicy, lively.’ – 16.5/20, Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2017
Domaine M. Noellat et Fils – Chambolle-Musigny, 2005
Domaine Michel Noëllat & Fils
The Domaine Michel Noëllat & Fils is located in the heart of Vosne-Romanée. The Domaine extends over 25 hectares from Marsannay-la-Côte (Côte de Nuits) to Pommard (Côte de Beaune) and remains dedicated to traditional winemaking methods. It is currently managed by brothers Alain and Jean-Marc Noëllat. The Domaine produces 2 Grands Crus and 8 Premiers Crus as well as Village and Regional appellations.
Vines, harvest and vinification
The vines are on average 40 years old. Rigorous disbudding controls yields and harvest time is decided on by regularly checking the vineyards, periodic analysis and tasting the fruit.
The grapes are harvested manually, sorted and then taken to the winery in small crates to avoid crushing the fruit and causing premature oxidation. The stalks are removed completely from the fruit; the grapes are then put into open stainless steel vats where the temperature is thermo-regulated. Pressing is undertaken carefully using a pneumatic press.
The reds are steeped at a low temperature for 3 days then fermentation is undertaken in vats for about 2 weeks. The cap is punched 4 or 5 times during the vinification period. The wines are aged in French oak casks, with approximately 30% new casks for Village wines and 50% new casks for Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. Bottling takes place after between 15 and 18 months of aging.
Gevrey-Chambertin “En Songe” Domaine Marchand-Grillot 2010
Well structured with a beautiful roundness and body. A very long finish.
Like the vines, the Marchand and the Grillot families are both well rooted into the Burgundian soil.
Going back six generations, we find the first of each family who started their interests in the vineyards, at Morey St Denis for the Marchands, and the Grillots at Gevrey-Chambertin. It was in 1950, thanks to a marriage, that the Domaine Marchand-Grillot was created, setting up definitively at Gevrey-Chambertin.
Today, Jacques Marchand heads the estate, bringing his knowledge borne by generations, and his extensive experience. He is followed by his son, Etienne, who is taking over the responsibilities little by little. Etienne studied at the Lycée viticole at Macon-Davayé, followed by a BTS in Wine commerce at Thecoma in Paris. Furthermore, he has enlarged his own experience with vinegrowers in Oregon. Thanks to him, the estate has been given a new enthusiasm, adding modern working techniques whilst retaining the continuity of the collective knowledge and experience.
The aim of the Marchand-Grillot family has always been to create traditional style wines, respecting the varietal Pinot Noir, and the terroir, in the vineyard and in the winery.
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2014
Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.
90 Points James Suckling.
“This is a bright and crisp chardonnay that makes you feel France with sliced lemon, apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink me.”
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Beautiful yellow color with emerald rim. Fine wine with a rich, full-bodied taste. After decantation gradually revealed bright mineral shades, tones of juicy fruit, honey, flowers and spices. Superb finish stunning length.
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.