Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru 2013
The Henri GOUGES domain was established in Nuits Saint Georges at the very beginning of this century. Founded by Henri Gouges, it was subsequently developed by his two sons, Michel and Marcel. Today it is Pierre, Christian and their successor, Grégor. For nearly eighty years, the soil has soaked up the sweat of these enthusiasts on the fifteen hectares that make up the family domain. Over three generations, the Henri Gouges domain has had the honour of appearing on many of the most respected tables in France and across the world.
A very spicy nose is composed of dense aromas of plum, violet, earth and pomegranate, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The beautifully textured middle weight plus flavors possess excellent power and verve on the powerful finish that is shaped by a very firm core of ripe tannins. This is a deceptive wine as the mid-palate is supple to the point of being inviting yet the finale is firm to the point of mild austerity. Score: 92-94 Points; Tasted: Jan 2015; Drink: 2027+; Issue: 57; Sweet Spot Outstanding; Allen Meadows - Burghound
Cropped at 18 hectoliters per hectare due to millerandé grapes, the 2013 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains is more open and expressive on the nose compared to the Pruliers ’13, the fruit veering more to the red spectrum with heightened mineralité. There is also more femininity here and that translates to the palate that is silky smooth and beautifully poised. There is not a huge depth or power here, but there is great tension and vibrancy. Very fine, but it deserves two or three years in bottle. Rating 90-92 Points; Drink: 2017-2035; Date: Dec 2014; Neil Martin - eRobertParker.com #216
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