Nuits St Georges, Les Pruliers, 1er Cru
Domaine Henri Gouges

Nuits St Georges, Les Pruliers, 1er Cru,



Domaine Henri Gouges, Nuits St Georges, Les Pruliers, 1er Cru, 2016

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Domaine Henri Gouges, Nuits St Georges, Les Pruliers, 1er Cru, 2016

Very much a vin de garde. Muscular, complex dark and red fruit overlaying a deep cool, earthy, mineral foundation. Brooding, brawny but multi-layered and brisk. A parcel of 50-year-old vines close to Clos des Porrets that, like its neighbour, also produces classic mineral Nuits but with a touch more roundness to it. The soils are similar although in Pruliers the stone elements are a little more broken down.

Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2020 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er Cru did not suffer too much hail according to Antoine Gouges, at most 5%. This is very ripe and slightly gourmand on the nose, light savory notes emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, nicely controlled and then just tightening up towards the finish that shows just a bit of VA. Quite dense of a Pruliers, give this some time in the cellar.
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Domaine Henri Gouges

Domaine Henri Gouges

Henri Gouges started Domaine-bottling in the 1920s and as such are one of Burgundy's pioneering estates. Henri's grandsons Pierre and Christian have been looking after production for the last two decades and have been responible for carving out the Domaine's great reputation for uniquely muscular, long-lived Burgundies. As from the 2007 vintage Gregory, Christian's nephew, who has been working at the Domaine since 2003, is making the wines and has made an immediate impact. His aim is for less extraction in the wines through a collection of numerous small details in the winemaking process, including more use of gravity in the cellars and less pumping of the wines. His changes are not totally wholesale, though, and he still clearly sticks to the Domaine's reserved, traditional approach to making wine. Stems are not included in fermentation but use of new oak is fairly limited. The resultant wines are pure, high-toned, certainly not flashy, and powerful but not unwieldy, they give immense pleasure. An exciting new dawn for a benchmark Burgundian Domaine.

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