Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2019

  • Critics have scored this as one of the top 5 Corton Clos du Roi wines..
  • Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi offers a refined expression of cherry and black fruits, with cigar box aromas in the background.
  • Powerful, intense, and tannic attack, with black fruits and tobacco, and a silky and polished finish.
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  • Jasper Morris M
    92-94 points

Editors notes

Domaine de La Pousse d'Or is a high-profile domaine based in the village of Volnay, in Burgundy's southerly Côte de Beaune subregion. The domaine is known for both its Premier Cru Volnay homonym, the Bousse d'Or climat, as well as a raft of plots in top vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. It produces both red (Pinot Noir) and white (Chardonnay) wines from its headquarters in the impressive Château de Volnay (also known as the Pousse d'Or manor).

The château building itself sits in the Clos de l'Audignac site on the southeastern edge of Volany (a certain François Audignac acquired the château/manor in the French Revolution) – one of three monopole vineyards in Volnay owned exclusively by the domaine.

Just over the road to the northeast (and vaulting an intermediate premier cru plot) is the Bousse d'Or site while the Clos des 60 Ouvrées (a 2.4 hectare/six acre plot in the upper Caillerets vineyard at the southern end of Volnay) completes the trio.

However, other big-name holdings include plots in Corton grands crus the Clos du Roi and Corton Les Bressandes (both planted with Pinot Noir) as well as 0.7 hectares (1.7 acres) in Puligny-Montrachet's Premier Cru Cailleret vineyard.

La Pousse d'Or also has vineyards in Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Pommard and Santenay covering around 18 hectares (44.5 acres). Some of these holdings were acquired when the domaine purchased the 3.5-hectare (8.6-acre) Domaine Moine-Hudelot in Chambolle-Musigny, in the Côte de Nuits.

As a domaine, the estate's history starts to come together in the late half of the 20th Century. Prior to its ownership by a conglomerate (with the estate and vineyards run by Gérard Potel) from 1964 to 1997, the Bousse d'Or vineyard had seen numerous owners since the Dukes of Burgundy and the King of France in the 15th to 17th Centuries.

Successive ownerships followed the French Revolution, including the then-owners of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the Duvault-Blochet family, in the mid-19th Century. The manor house has also been through numerous proprietors, from the d'Audignac family (sometimes spelled "Daudignac") to the successive generations of the Jobard-Dumesnil and Delaplanche families.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

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  • Jasper Morris MW


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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.

Cote de Beaune

A key wine-producing subregion in Burgundy producing internationally renowned red and white wines, France’s Côte de Beaune spans 20 kilometres from north to south. The area takes its name from the town of Beaune – an important wine centre for Burgundy. Here, the significant villages and their Grands Crus are Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet. Each of these villages, except for Pommard and Volnay, produce white wine as well as red. Some of Burgundy’s best white wines, as well as some fine reds, are produced in this subregion. The three villages with the best reputation for white wines are Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet.

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About the brand Domaine de la Pousse d'Or

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or has for decades been the collector’s choice for expressive and memorable wines from Burgundy’s most hallowed terroirs.

This historic estate is one of the Burgundian elite, in a similar realm of such exclusive wineries like Romanée-Conti and Comte de Vogüé, with its strict selection and seamless winemaking.

The history of Pousse d’Or in Volnay underscores its influence throughout the ages. In 1855, the winery was part of a larger domaine that included such names as Romanée-Conti and Clos de Tart. Originally called La Bousse d’Or (Bousse, in old French, means earth; thus, “golden earth”), the domaine changed owners a number of times until legend Gérard Potel took the reins.

It was Potel that put the estate’s wines on the map, with the elegant, refined style that Pousse d’Or is still known for today. In 1997, Patrick Landanger purchased the winery and its vineyards. In the mid-2000s, Landanger added an impressive collection of Côte de Nuits vineyards (from Domaine Moine-Hudelot) to his portfolio

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