Sweet red cherry and Victoria plum - less of the earth than the Bousse d'Or, more fine, ripe red fruits and fine minerality propped up by a very fine grained tannins and a certain hunting quality to the finish. This is a high-toned and floral Volnay, not lacking in tension or precision. Very impressive.
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.
An appellation in the Côte de Beaune between Meursault on the south side and Pommard on the north side. The wines are distinctly different from those of Pommard, lighter in colour and more elegant. They have always been known as delicate, fruity feminine and very fine wines, even a century ago the wines were described as "partridge-eye" pink in colour and the finest of all the wines of the Côte de Beaune. Whilst often displaying great charm and fruit in their youth the best Volnay often have considerable power too and can be very ageworthy.
More than half Volnay's vineyards are of premier cru status and one of these, Les Santenots, has a foot in two communes - its red wines are Volnay and its whites are Meursault. Aswell as the Santenots du Milieu Volnay has a plethora of other fine vineyards: Le Cailleret, Clos des Chênes, Champans, Taillepieds, the Clos de la Bousse d'Or, monopole of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or, and perhaps the most lauded of them all, the Clos des Ducs, a monopole of Marquis d'Angerville, one of the pioneering estates of Domaine-bottled Burgundy in the 1930s. Volnay's finest producers include Marquis d'Angerville, Michel Lafarge and de Montille.