2005 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Les St. Georges 1er Cru

Year: 2005
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 93-96
Burghound: 91-94
Red Wine
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"The 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges Les St.-Georges displays a fascinating nose of black cherry, wood smoke, sandalwood, and sea breeze. Rich, deep, charred meat, toasted nut, lightly-cooked black fruit and myriad mineral notes lead to a palate-saturating spread of flavors, finishing vividly bright and above all – with its elements of wet stone, salts, iodine and ore-like if ineffable essences – memorably mineral. Fine-grained in tannin and formidably concentrated, this should be at least a twenty-year wine, revealing plenty of additional nuance along the way. The 2004 version, incidentally, is also serious and worth tracking down and cellaring for a few years." (WA)

"Full red-ruby. Reduced, austere nose hints at dark berries, licorice and minerals. Then silky and wonderfully fine-grained, with brilliant flavor definition and the breadth and palate coverage of a top grand cru. Compellingly dense and thick but not the least bit heavy. Finishes with uncanny aromatic persistence. A potentially brilliant example of Nuits-Saint-Georges from an estate that has consistently been at the top of the hierarchy in this village for at least the past 15 years." (IWC)

"As it always is, this is certainly more elegant and slightly more complex as well with dense but pretty red fruit aromas that introduce pure and refined medium full flavors that are complex and balanced on the gorgeously long finish. This is brimming with potential as well and while it too will require plenty of patience, its class and grace could allow it to be approached in its youth. In a word, wonderful." (BH)