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The Legacy of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or

The legacy of Pousse d'Or in Volnay is a testament to its enduring influence. In 1855, the winery was part of a larger domain that included illustrious names like Romanée-Conti and Clos de Tart. Originally named La Bousse d'Or (Bousse, an old French word for earth, signifying "golden earth"), the ownership of the domain changed hands several times until the legendary Gérard Potel took charge.

Under Potel's guidance, the estate's wines gained recognition for their elegant and refined style, a reputation that endures to this day. In 1997, Patrick Landanger acquired the winery and its vineyards. In the mid-2000s, Landanger made substantial investments in vineyards, winemaking facilities, and cellars. He also added an impressive collection of Côte de Nuits vineyards from Domaine Moine-Hudelot to his portfolio.

Joining him in winemaking since 2013, his son Benoit has contributed to their shared ambition for quality, demonstrating a profound respect for the terroirs they oversee. Their dedication to excellence is exemplified by their pursuit of biodynamic certification. In 2018, Benoit assumed full management of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or, upholding his father's vision for quality and commitment to greatness.

The Terroirs of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or

Domaine de la Pousse d'Or collaborates with several vineyard sites in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, including 5 grand crus and 11 premier crus. Among these, three monopoles in Volnay bear their distinctive mark: 'Clos de la Bousse d'Or,' 'Clos des Soixante (60)-Ouvrées,' and 'Clos d'Audignac.' Spanning approximately 17 hectares, these plots are located in iconic villages such as Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny, Corton, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Santenay. For centuries, the estate has been dedicated to capturing the purest expression of their exceptional terroirs, an obsession that persists.

The Commitment to Sustainable Viticulture

Pousse d'Or's meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to sustainable viticulture is paramount. The estate has long cared for its vines following organic principles, and since 2013, biodynamic practices have been integrated across all its holdings. In 2018, the estate obtained biodynamic certification from Demeter, an esteemed standards body.

Harvesting at Pousse d'Or is a labour-intensive process, with grapes meticulously handpicked and sorted. Bunches are destemmed and fermentation occurs naturally in temperature-controlled tanks using indigenous yeasts. The wines age for 18 months in French oak barrels, with new wood comprising 30 to 50 percent, depending on the specific cru. In recent vintages, Landanger has experimented with terracotta amphorae for aging certain premier cru wines. Minimal sulphur is added at any point during the winemaking process. Gravity bottling is employed, and the wines are unfined and unfiltered, adhering to the lunar calendar.

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