2015 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Pruliers"

SKU #1343558 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (NM)  (12/2016)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too is firmly reduced. The velvety, round and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors also possess excellent volume and mid-palate concentration with a very high level of phenolic maturity to the firm supporting tannins on the moderately austere and rustic finale. This too is very definitely classic Nuits in character that will require plenty of patience. *Outstanding*  (1/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Pruliers chez Gouges was a bit more closed down in cask than the Clos des Porrets, but shared the same purity and sappy core of the vintage here. The primary nose offers up a classically black fruity blend of cassis, dark berries, dark chocolate, venison, woodsmoke and that same topnote of currant leaf as found in the Clos des Porrets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very well-balanced, with a rock solid core, fine soil signature, ripe tannins and a long, tangy and perfectly focused finish. This is still a very young wine and will demand some cellaring, but it will be excellent in the fullness of time. 2026-2075.  (1/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Good medium red. Very reticent aromas of plum, licorice and menthol hint at a chocolatey ripeness. In a rather rich, fat style, offering good concentration and sappiness to the thick, deep flavors of dark raspberry, spices and bitter chocolate. Comes across as a bit more tannic than the preceding samples, and perhaps a touch warmer at 13.2% alcohol. This fruit was picked two days later than the adjacent Clos des Porrets St-Georges. (ST)  (1/2017)

91 points Decanter

 Reticent but very ripe cherry nose, with a hint of menthol. Broad, fleshy and concentrated with some firmness on the mid-palate, there is plenty of energy and drive that leads to a solid finish. Drinking Window 2018-2028. (SB)  (2/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Almost heady! Then serious concentration on the palate. Promises very well for the future. Rather dry finish at present but well constructed in old-school style.  (1/2017)

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2018 | Send Email
A powerhouse wine with a sophisticated edge, this is well-structured with succulent dark fruits, classic spice and sensual texture. It is everything you want in a Premier Cru from Bourgogne. This is a tough one to resist now, but I suggest tucking it away in your cellar for several years. It will enhance what is already stellar about it. Good things come to those who wait.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2018 | Send Email
Another 2015 red Burgundy with a pretty nose, which seems to be the trademark of this vintage. Dark red fruited nose with cocoa and a hint of smokiness. Fleshier on the palate with boysenberry and black currant fruit. Generous minerality on the finish, which lingers. Tempting to drink now, with a bit of decanting, but, it will also shine over at least the next decade.

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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.
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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.