2011 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les St. Georges"

SKU #1151253 96 points John Gilman

 The supreme elegance of the 2011 vintage has found its perfect match in the glorious complexity of Les St. Georges and the version chez Gouges is a brilliant young wine. The stunning nose soars from the glass in an utterly captivating mélange of red and black cherries, pomegranate, a complex base of dark soil tones, woodsmoke, gamebirds, violets and just a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is very pure, soil-driven and full-bodied, with laser-like focus, stunning depth at the sappy core, suave, firm tannins and magical length and grip on the still quite primary, but, oh so promising finish. This is going to be an absolutely magical wine in the fullness of time! (Drink between 2025-2075) 96+ points  (12/2012)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 **Sweet Spot Outstanding** (55+ year old vines) As is usually the case this is the most elegant wine in the range with its lightly oaked nose of spice, violet, plus, earth and humus. There is excellent richness and concentration to the distinctly earthy large-scaled but not huge flavors that possess dense but relatively fine supporting tannins on the wonderfully persistent finish. While the Vaucrains is an excellent wine it appears that there is just a bit more present here. This is well worth your consideration, at least if you're prepared to cellar it for a minimum of 10 years. Drink: 2023+  (1/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Sexy, expressive aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, spices, stone, leather and iron, all lifted by a floral topnote. Densely packed, suave and lively, boasting terrific intensity and lift to the high-pitched red berry, cardamom and coriander flavors. Incisive, juicy and aromatic in the mouth, with a crushed stone character contributing to the wine's penetrating quality. Wonderfully fresh and light on its feet, but I'd give it five years in the cellar to gain in flesh. Superb potential here. 93+ points. (ST)  (3/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. You have to first get past a small fog of reduction on the nose of the 2011 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges, although underneath there is plenty of ripe redcurrant and raspberry fruit to be enjoyed (so I suggest 2-3 hour’s decanting here.) The palate is medium-bodied with lithe and supple tannins. This is very well balanced with good depth, building nicely with wild strawberry, raspberry and white pepper notes toward a satisfying and harmonious finish that shows great persistence. This is clearly the best 2011 from Grégory Gouges. (NM)  (11/2014)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.