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

SKU #1344194 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)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 1.08 ha mix of younger and older vines that average about 50+ years of age). An exuberantly spicy nose offers up notes of cassis, various black fruit nuances and plenty of earth and game scents. 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 and imposing tannic spine on the hugely long finish. This is certainly a big wine, in fact it’s borderline massive and not surprisingly it’s going to need a very long time to arrive at its full potential. Recommended. 2035+  (1/2018)

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)

93 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. Subdued nose shows more red than black fruits, along with complicating notes of spices and red licorice. Wonderfully sweet, spicy and rich, with enough juiciness to give balance and early personality to the tactile, juicy flavors of raspberry, minerals and spices. Very sexy and suave on the long if somewhat youthfully imploded finish. This complete premier cru should last for a long time in a cool cellar. Despite the fact that the Gouges family picked very early in 2015, Antoine Gouges describes the wines as 'very ripe but not quite candied or overripe, with the structure for a long life in bottle.' He added that the estate's '15s were bottled with around 13% alcohol. 93+ points. (ST)  (1/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains reveals excellent potential, wafting from the glass with a reticent bouquet of creamy red and black fruit, dark chocolate and squab. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, powerful and deep at the core, its imposing chassis of fine-grained tannin already beginning at clamp down on the finish, its acids positively racy. For all the Gouges' efforts to tame their wines' tannins, this is a classic Vaucrains that will demand a good decade of cellaring: patience, however, will bear dividends. (WK) 92+  (4/2018)

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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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
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.