Taste Domaine de la POUSSE d’OR 2014

Taste Domaine de la POUSSE d’OR 2014

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or has long been among my favorites of Burgundy. I first tasted two of the Volnays in the early 1980s and got to know the range of wines better tasting some with Becky Wasserman (who was then their broker) in 1986. I’ve been tasting at the domaine for the last fifteen years. Over all that time, I have watched the domaine grow from a Volnay specialist with some Santenay and Pommard to include vines on the hill of Corton (1999), in Puligny Montrachet (2004), and Chambolle and Morey (2008). At this time Spec’s is able to purchase thirteen wines (one village appellation, nine 1er crus, and three grand crus) from the estate, all of which are consistently excellent. (There are four wines we don’t get – yet.)  On Monday, June 5th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a Tasting of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2014. We’ll taste through all thirteen available Pousse d’Or crus from the fine 2014 vintage including twelve reds and one white with special attention paid to the specificity of place and process of each wine.

The line up:
Pousse d’Or Santenay 1er Cru Clos Tavannes 2014
Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru en Caillerets 2014
Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la 60 Ouvrees 2014
Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d’Or 2014
Pousse d’Or Pommard 1er Cru Jarollieres 2014
Pousse d’Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2014
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny Villages 2014
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Feusselottes 2014
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Charmes 2014
Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Amoureuses 2014
Pousse d’Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2014
Pousse d’Or Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014
Pousse d’Or Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clos le Caillerets 2014

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or 2014 will cost $140.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $147.37 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, June 5, 2017 at l’Alliance Française. To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.


L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in  Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With almost 40 years experience in the wine business and 30 plus years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

Taking BURGUNDY to the Next Level

Please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, on February 29th at 7pm for Taking Burgundy to the Next Level. Back on February 15th, we did a high level look at the length of the Cote d’Or. On Feb 29th, we’ll take it to the next level focusing in on the differences found in terroirs. We’ll start with five white wines from the “Cote de Blancs” villages of Chassagne, Puligny, and Meursault, all from 2011. The two Chassagnes are both 1er crus from Fontaine Gagnard, The Puligny is also a top 1er cru. And the two Meursaults are a top premier cru and what is arguably the most sought after village wine in all of Burgundy.

Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Grand Montagne 1er cru 2011
Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Vergers 1er cru 2011
Bachelet Monnot Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres 1er cru 2011
Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault Genevrieres 1er cru 2011
Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2011

Then comes a range of reds starting with two of the very top wines 1er cru wines from Beaune (from two rival producers) followed by three Volnay 1er cru reds, all from the same winery and same 2011 vintage. We’ll follow that with two 2009 1er crus from Michel Gros comparing two distinct terroir with essentially the same farming and winemaking. And we’ll finish up with two Clos Vougeot Grand Cru reds, both 2008s from the special climate of Grand Maupertuis, one from Anne Gros and the other from Michel Gros (who are cousins).

Bouchard Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus 1er cru 2011
Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Caillerets 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d’Or 1er cru 2011
Michel Gros Vosne Romanee aux Brulees 1er cru 2009
Michel Gros Vosne Romanee Clos des Reas 1er cru 2009
Anne Gros Clos Vougeot le Grand Maupertui Grand Cru 2008
Michel Gros Clos Vougeot Grand Maupertuis Grand Cru 2008

Taking Burgundy to the Next Level will cost $140.00 per person cash ($147.37 regular). The course will meet at 7pm on Monday February 29, 2016 at l’Alliance Française. Registration is limited to 28 people. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

As The Wine School at l’Alliance Française, Bear Dalton has been teaching Texans about wine since 1998. He has over 35 years of experience tasting (currently about 9,000 wines a year), drinking and enjoying, and working professionally with wine – including over 30 years experience teaching and writing about wine.