Domaine Henri Gouges

Greg and Antoine Gouges continue to take this renowned Nuits-based estate to another level. Its historical importance through Henri’s involvement in the ratifications of vineyards in the 1930s was matched in significance by its leading role in producing classical, high quality Nuits’ throughout the rest of the 20th century. Since the new gravity-fed cuverie was completed and Greg became winemaker a decade ago, it has re-invented itself as a progressive, dynamic domaine very much at the top of its game producing reference point Nuits. Ditching mechanical pumps and using gravity to move juice around helps keeps the berries whole for longer, accentuating the fragrance of the wines and enhancing the silkiness of the tannins. As a result vineyard characteristics seem more pronounced and the wines more seductive in youth, yet they remain true to Nuits and retain a longevity in keeping with this progressive appellation. Recent vintages have acheived an astonishing scenario. Loyalists have been re-invigorated by the increased sophistication of the wines whilst lots of newcomers have been seduced by their new found sexiness.

Winemaker: Grégory Gouges

Hectares: 15 hectares

Parcels:
Whites Bourgogne Pinot Blanc, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru La Perrière 0.41 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets St Georges
Reds Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nuits-St-Georges 3.20 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 1.88 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets St Georges 3.57 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru les Chênes Carteaux 1.01 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru les Chaignots. 0.46 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Vaucrains 0.98 ha, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru les St Georges. 1.08 ha

Website: www.gouges.com

Wines

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    Quite simply this is the best village wine ever made at Gouges. Precise, savoury yet ripe, controlled and harmonious with no holes or hard edges. Very impressive. Drink from 2019

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    With a certain amount of juice coming from 1ers Crus vineyards and generally tiny yields it is no great surprise thhat this is a serious village wine. The 2015 was superb, this is probably as good.

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    This is the only 1er Cru that Gouges have north of Nuits on the Vosne side.This is singing, with black fruits mingling with red ones. Very stylish and polished. Drink from 2019

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    Made from the famous mutation of Pinot Noir, now known locally as Pinot Gouges ! Great ability to age, and a lovely mix of white and red fruits and minerality. Very limited quantities. Drink from 2017.

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    This special wine comes from mutated Pinot Noir vines that Henri discovered back in the ‘30s when wandering through the vineyard one afternoon.Cuttings have subsequently been taken and planted up in the Hautes-Côtes, producing Gouges’ delicious Bourgogne Pinot Blanc, as well as been given to other domaines. This ‘Pinot Gouges’ as it’s now famously known, produces wines of both character and longevity, although sadly this Perrières is only ever made in tiny quantities, never more than 6 barrels (150 cases). This 2015 has plenty of substance and matter with hints of spice and minerals from the stony soil. This should age well. Drink from 2018.

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    This is the famous mutated Pinot Noir planted on the chalky soil of Les Perrières which, co-incidentally is perhaps more suited to producing white wines than red wines! Hints of honey, white flower, wax and spice all mingle for attention.

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    This is a fabulous wine in its own right, although its history and unique character add a certain additional appeal. Production was small, just six barrels, of which 1 was new. There is spice, stone and flowers with a hint of blackcurrantn leaf and unevolved honey. Drink from 2018

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    It has really attractive mid-palate flesh and strong fragrance all the way through. Drink from 2017.

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    Every year Pruliers just gets better and better and really bridges the gap from the Porrets to the top two. It is a blend of a parcel of very old vines and a parcel of fairly young vines which seems to give a wonderful balance and complexity to the wine. Great polish, fragrance and intensity. Serious stuff.

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    Pruliers lies to the north of the southern vineyards and stretches just a little higher up the slope. The domaine has a couple of parcels, one of younger vines, which used to go into the village wine, and one of sixty years plus. The addition of the younger vine fruit has added drive and freshness to concentrated old vine juice in recent years and Pruliers is now not far behind the 2 big guns of Vaucrains and Les St Georges. There is a fair bit of milleranderage, especially higher up the slope, which also increases intensity. This 2005 is still youthful with plenty of structure and power. Drink from 2015-2030

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    You have to love Pruliers. A parcel of old vines is assembled with one of youngish wines to make a formidable Nuits of real gravity and grace. Controlled, profound and seductive all at the same time. Drink from 2020

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    Gouges have 1.5 hectares of Les Pruliers which is great news as it is an excellent vineyard that lies on the same plain as Les St-Georges and Cailles and benefits from the cooling breeze that comes down the valley. The soil has plenty of stones and the slope is gentle but significant. The very slightly cooler micro climate has worked a treat in 2015 producing a wine of beautiful balance and harmony. Strawberries and cream on the nose, polished, energetic fruit on the mid palate and cultured tannins to finish. Drink form 2022.

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    2 parcels here, one of old vines and one of younger vines which together produce a very serious Nuits. Though on the same line as the Porrets there seems almost more lift, perhaps as a result of the breeze coming down the valley and hitting Pruliers first. There is a wonderfully transparency and focus which thrills the palate and electrifies the senses. Again not much wine this year.

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    A big, big brooding nose of great complexity. Great colour and almost perfect balance. The palate is perhaps a little misleading as the depth and power of the fruit make this a delicious wine now but don’t be fooled as this will last a lifetime. Drink from 2017.

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    You get blown away by the Vaucrains and then you taste the Les-St-Georges. It`s not so much better as different as it combines excellent concentration with a slightly more Arian quality at this stage of its evolution. Another very fine example. Drink from 2019.

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    A vineyard with a chalky, stony soil. This has an enormously expressive nose with great concentration and purity. The appeal of this wine lies in its balance between this great concentration and its finesse. Lovely tannins. Very controlled. Huge potential. Impressive. Drink from 2016.

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    Yields here are always very low as Vaucrains produces bunches will very small berries. This is great for quality mind as the juice is incredibly concentrated, with both fruit and structure. As a result this is perhaps the most backward of the range but its obvious quality is evident thanks to the sheer volume and length of flavour. This will be a runner. Drink from 2019.

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    A vineyard with a chalky, stony soil. This has an enormously expressive nose with great concentration and purity. The appeal of this wine lies in its balance between this great concentration and its finesse. Lovely tannins. Very controlled. Huge potential. Impressive. Drink from 2016.

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    There is a hectare of vines here and most are around 70 years old. That is the good news; the bad news is that yields here are always very low thanks to the prevalence of small berries so in 2015 yields are even tinier. On the plus side this has resulted in a wine of great density. The nose is serious and the fruit blue (always a good sign) with a seamless streak of lively pure fruit running through the core. Stunning. Drink from 2023.

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    Vaucrains always has lots of small berries so you can imagine what it was like in 2013. Loss of volume however, can be lived with when the quality is this good. Great intensity and depth and rich enough not to be so unforgiving at such an early stage. Drink from 2022

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    This vineyard has always produced very little wine, thanks to the plethora of small berries it produces. Even its name descends from the term `no value` because of this historical phenomenon. In 2016 quantities were even lower than normal with only 5 barrels being made rather than the usual 10 or 12! The quality is simply outsanding mind.

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    This 4 hectare monopole Clos from within Porrets St Georges has great energy and intensity. The yields were down at 16 hectorlitres per hectare, which explains the depth and intensity.