Friday, November 24, 2017

Domaine de la POUSSE D'OR (Volnay) -- 2016 Tasted from Tank, Part I: Côte de Beaune

As I previously reported, Benoît Landanger, son of owner Patrick Landanger, will be taking over operation of the estate on January 1, 2018. Benoît has been working with his father at the estate for the past few years. Additionally, the estate was fortunate enough to acquire about 20 ares of Chevalier-Montrachet from Olivier Leflaive, the first vintage of which will be 2017.

In Chambolle-Musigny and Puligny-Montrachet, the estate lost the great majority of the crop to the frost on 27 April. In Chambolle, the estate made 20 barrels of wine in 2015, but only three in 2016. In Puligny, production was 20% of normal. Other appellations did better.

As always, the wines were entirely destemmed here. Malolactic fermentations were rather late for the estate, finishing in April, May, and June. The wines were racked into stainless steel after the 2017 harvest. (Continue reading here.)