2015 Domaine Henri Gouges
I remember the first bottle of wine I ever drank from Domaine Henri Gouges. It was a 1978 Nuits St Georges Les St Georges. It was 1993 and I was working at The Burgundy Wine Company in New York City. The owner, Al Hotchkin, always opened something great at lunch time….yes lunch. This was a tough job! The wine was a combination of the finesse and power that make Burgundy so compelling. Here is what I wrote for our newsletter (Yes newsletter) back in 1996. ….”After some spotty years following an extensive replanting the Gouges domaine is now making superb wines. Under Christian and Pierre Gouges the wines are again filled with black cherry fruit. Look especially for the Pruliers (Rich, ripe, wild) and Vaucrains (powerful, structured) both from Old Vines.”
Below is an offer of 2015 wines from Domaine Gouges. In Burgundy circles, it is common knowledge that Gouge’s wines are built for the long term.
They require cellar time and patience.
The wines will be here in just a few days. These prices are the lowest on the net. There was so little Les St Georges available I can only offer it in the Assorted Case. The other two wines are available to purchase individually
E-mail Jim ASAP to reserve your wines
Grégory Gouges expressed discrete contentment towards his 2015s. Never one to let hyperbole get the better of him, he lets the wines do the talking and they formed some of the most impressive barrel samples that I have tasted over many years tasting here. “They are a little less classical than the 2014,” he explained. “We had a very early vintage with an early budding. April, May and June were a little hotter than usual and dry, so the flowering period was early and fast. There were very good conditions for the vines with no mildew. I just feel that the opulence of the growing season combined with the intrinsic classicism of Gouges’ style met at a happy equilibrium. There is density to these wines, yet not power-freshness from start to finish. It was only the entry-level Bourgogne Rouge that I found wanting: opt for the delicious and just “fun” Pinot Blanc counterpart instead, but thereon in, it was pleasure all the way crowned by an imperious, outstanding NSG Les Saint Georges… Anyone thought about upgrading that vineyard to Grand Cru status?
ASSORTED 2015 HENRI GOUGES CASE $1197.95
(Includes 4 bottles each of the below listed wines)
*2015 Nuits St Georges Les St Geroges 1er Cru
(Only Available in Mixed Case)
(Neal Martin 95-97)
The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges took three or four minutes to unfold…but what a bouquet! Copious black cherry, cranberry jus, pomegranate and bergamot scents all infused with stupendous mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannin, plenty of blood orange infusing the red and black fruit, a keen line of acidity and a gentle grip towards the finish. It constitutes one of the best vintages that I have tasted in recent years. It should be considered a “stunning victory” for the 2015 vintage, but without wishing to sound like a broken record, please cellar this for 5-7 years for it to attain its drinking plateau.
*2015 Nuits St Georges Pruliers 1er Cru
$79.99btl/$959.88 per case
(Neal Martin 93-95)
The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers has a more feminine, more fruit-driven bouquet than the NSG Clos des Porrets, very pure crushed strawberry, red cherry and cranberry aromas that gain intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with blood orange on the entry, plenty of lively red berry fruit with admirable mineralité and tension on the finish. This is a superb les Pruliers from Domaine Gouges and it should give a couple decades worth of drinking pleasure.
*2015 Nuits St Georges Clos des Porrets 1er Cru
$69.50btl/$834.00 per case
(Neal Martin 93-95)
The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets Saint Georges has a tightly wound, floral bouquet – hints of violet, strawberry jam, even a light smear of marmalade coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and is complex: a mixture or red and black fruit seamlessly knitted together, leading to a concentrated but structured, classically-styled finish with fine salinity. This comes highly recommended, a pure and crystalline Nuits St Georges from one of its best vineyards. It comes highly recommended.