This is powerful but the tannins are clearly svelte and polished. Rich and strong powerful but stylish nonetheless. Racy and a little brooding, great flavours of mineral berry, plum skin, hints of red cherry and dark chocolate. Beautifully textured.
Since buying this magnificent Cote de Beaune Domaine from the Potels in the nineties, Patrick Landanger, an engineer by trade, retrained as a full time vigneron, over many years learning new skills and getting to know his land. In the last few vintages his wines have started to hit the very high standards he has always set for himself. Since purchasing the 3.5 ha Moine-Hudelot estate in Chambolle, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or has now increased to 17ha. The grapes are all destalked and fermented and aged in a gravity-fed winery. The winemaking is much gentler than when Patrick first bought the domaine and the result are wines of depth and intensity that are reflective of their terroir. Their 2011s are one of the best ranges of the vintage.
Corton is the only red wine Grand Cru in the côte de beaune and covers several vineyards which are known as either Corton or as Corton hyphenated with their individual names, such as Bressandes or Clos du Roi. The style of the wine will depend on exactly where the vines are situated. Corton is an early-ripening area and the Pinot Noir grapes are usually the first to be harvested in the Côte d'Or. The vast majority of white wine that comes from the hill of Corton is Corton-Charlemagne though there is a miniscule amount of white Corton made.