2016 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Pruliers" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1349308 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Pruliers, aged in 20% new oak like Gouges’ other premier crus, has more red fruit on the nose than the Clos des Porrets, a little ferrous in style with subtle damp earthy aromas developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin that feels a little chalkier and sharper at the moment. This is replete with wonderful freshness and tension toward the finish that is tensile and linear, captivating from start to finish. Superb. (NM)  (12/2017)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A beautifully layered nose offers up notes of both red and black pinot fruit, spice, warm earth and evident sauvage nuances. The rich, delicious and caressing medium weight plus flavors possess a velvety mid-palate mouthfeel that contrasts somewhat with the very firm, saline and lingering finish. This is muscular but not really rustic.  (1/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 As was the case with the superb 2016 Pruliers that I tasted with Bertrand Chevillon, Grégory Gouges’ example is going to be a very, very elegant interpretation of this superb premier cru vineyard. The bouquet here is pure and classy, offering up scents of sweet dark berries, black plums, raw cocoa, pigeon, dark soil tones and a hint of cola in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully sappy at the core, with fine transparency, suave, fine-grained tannins, tangy acids and outstanding focus and grip on the very long and nascently complex finish. Great juice. 2026-2075.  (12/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 (these east-facing vines were affected by the cold air coming in through the combe, noted Antoine Gouges, but production was down by "only" 50%, vs. about 70% for the Vaucrains and Les Saint-Georges): Bright, dark red. Nicely ripe but lively on the nose. Then suave and moderately sweet in the mouth, showing more red fruits than black, with energetic notes of menthol and licorice giving the wine a refreshingly cool aspect. Finishes juicy and brisk, with slightly edgy dusty tannins. This fine-grained wine is youthfully closed and a bit medicinal today and will likely need time in bottle to open. (ST)  (1/2018)

91 points Decanter

 The Pruliers is darker and wilder than the Clos des Porêts this year, with a nose of plum, raw cocoa, rich soil and wild berries. On the palate the wine is sappy, full-bodied and rich, with a sweet core of fruit and firm, taut, chalky tannins. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045. (WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

91-93pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Bright full purple, glycerol rich. A lovely exuberant nose, dark raspberry with some plummier notes, the acidity is there again but does not dominate the back of the palate. This is fresh, medium dense, not too tannic. Powerful and for the long term." (01/2018)

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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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- 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.
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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.