One of the traditional addresses of Volnay, Pousse d'Or is also one of the oldest Domaines in Burgundy, dating back to the 4th century. When winemaker Gerard Potel passed, his Domaine was sold, and the era of another great Burgundian winemaker sadly ended. Initially, I wanted to be more impressed with the wines being produced post-Potel, with the new winemaking team producing very rich and concentrated wines that were stylistically very different. This big style was the focus at this Domaine in the late '90s to early 2000s. Thankfully the wines are now more balanced and much more typical, and over the past few years, they have been excellent.
While Pousse d'Or is a red wine estate, they bottle just one white wine, Pulign-Montrachet Le Cailleret. With only one example to represent their ability to make white wine, the team really puts in the effort here to deliver a very fine example worthy of being next to some of the greatest examples of the vintage. In fact, this is one of the best buys for Puligny Cailleret this short vintage and is on par with examples from Roulot and Bouzereau, getting identical scores from Burghoudn as Pousse d'Or this vintage for significantly less money. We have some of the only bottles of this one in the USA, and is a contender for one of the best Puligny Cailleret in 2016 and not to miss.
Jasper Morris MW (Inside Burgundy) 94 points! "Clear bright colour, not much nose. Very pure and chiselled, the fruit waits a moment before arriving, yellow plums and greengage, very good persistence, a little touch of liquorice at the back. Tingling minerals too, very well made."
Burghound 93 points! "Reduction and wood toast presently dominate the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is excellent freshness and verve to the racy, intense and overtly mineral-driven flavors that possess first-rate mid-palate concentration before culminating in a clean, very dry and impressively persistent finish. This classy effort should age effortlessly and I very much like the style."