2013 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru

Year: 2013
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91-94
Burghound: 92-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains has an introverted, slightly earthy bouquet with a light marine influence upon the dark fruit. With aeration it comes out of its shell, brightens up and reveals more red fruit character. The palate is clean and fresh with fine tannin, well judged acidity, supple in the mouth with plenty of raspberry, red cherry and cedar notes towards the composed silky finish. This is an excellent Nuits Saint Georges that will repay 3-4 more years in the cellar. Tasted September 2016." (WA)

"(18 hectoliters per hectare produced): Full medium red. Very pure aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, mocha and chocolate mint, complicated by truffley underbrush. Sweet, sappy and deep; rich and tactile, combining lovely finesse of texture with obvious force. This highly concentrated, youthfully austere Vaucrains finishes with substantial dusty tannins and excellent persistence." (VM)

"A very spicy nose is composed of dense aromas of plum, violet, earth and pomegranate, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The beautifully textured middle weight plus flavors possess excellent power and verve on the powerful finish that is shaped by a very firm core of ripe tannins. This is a deceptive wine as the mid-palate is supple to the point of being inviting yet the finale is firm to the point of mild austerity." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The deepest color so far. Only one ton per acre was produced. A smoky, herbal nose. On the palate, the fruit is quite concentrated, with mint, smoke and earth. Super Nuits in style, this typifies the appellation. There are generous vanilla bean notes without being too oaky. Milk chocolate and café au lait elements; very fresh and lively with a chocolate, herbal, mint/menthol finish. 18.4/20