2015 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1313092 95 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Vaucrains chez Gouges is a legend in the making. The bouquet is flat out stunning out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black cherries, sweet cassis, bitter chocolate, gamebird, a very complex base of soil, woodsmoke and a pungent topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and beautifully structured, with a potentially very sappy core of fruit, fine soil inflection, seamless, ripe tannins and a very, very long, vibrant and utterly pure finish. This will prove to be a very, very elegant rendition of Vaucrains when it is fully mature, but it is loaded at the same time. Picture the tangy precision of a 1993 and the sappy core of a 2005 and you will get the picture! 2027-2075+.  (1/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Reduction. The dense, powerful and brooding big-bodied flavors possess outstanding volume and mid-palate concentration where the abundant dry extract serves to buffer the very firm but not really imposing tannic spine on the hugely long finish. This is certainly a big wine yet compared to past examples of the Gouges Vaucrains that have required several decades to arrive at their apogees, this will likely be approachable after "only" a decade. Recommended.  (1/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains was showing more reduction on the nose compared to the other premier crus, making the nose difficult to read. The palate is medium-bodied with expressive, supple red cherry and raspberry fruit, a little "straight-laced" perhaps, a Nuits Saint-Georges that prefers correctness on the finish rather than flamboyance (at least at the moment). There is certainly good weight on the finish and I can see this repaying those who cellar it for several years.(NM)  (12/2016)

92-94 points Vinous

 Medium red. Rich, ripe, chocolatey aromas of black plum, dark raspberry, minerals and menthol. Ripe, silky and deep but with lovely energy to the flavors of black raspberry, minerals and spices. Finishes long and gripping, with substantial but nicely integrated tannins and subtle saline minerality. Uncompromisingly dry but not hard or austere, this rather tight-grained wine still needs more élevage and should age very well.(ST)  (1/2017)

93 points Decanter

 Complex nose of red fruits, Indian spice, and a hint of oak. Firm attack, rich and dense, a solid wine that's typical of Vaucrains. Structured and has depth, but demands more ageing. Excellent balance and ample force on the very long finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2032.(SB)  (2/2017)

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.