2009 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Clos des Porrets St.-Georges 1er Cru 375 ml

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 90-93
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Clos des Porrets St. Georges reveals striking perfume and layers of silky, textured fruit. All of the elements meld together beautifully as this refined, elegant wine shows off its considerable pedigree. The Clos des Porrets St. Georges was bottled March 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.

This is a striking set of 2009s from Gouges. The estate is pursuing a slightly updated style in trying to make the entry-level wines more accessible early on. According to Gregoire Gouges the approach to the higher end wines remains the same, which is to say these remain sturdy Burgundies that benefit immensely from cellaring. The harvest at Gouges began on September 15. The fruit was 100% destemmed. Vinification started with a 3 day cold soak (at only modestly cold temperatures) followed by 10-15 days of cuvaison. The wines were racked after the malos, the lees were removed, and the wines were put back into barrel, where they finished (or were finishing) their elevage. All of the wines were aged in 20% new oak barrels." (WA)

"Good deep red. Blueberry, blackberry, licorice, violet and menthol on the nose. Sweet, dense and chewy; a step up in concentration and power over the foregoing samples, with pepper and spice notes contributing verve. Has the mid-palate stuffing to support its substantial dusty tannins. From mid-slope vines averaging 50 years of age." (IWC)

"An attractively complex nose of black raspberry, plum and pungent earth introduces rich, round and fleshy medium weight plus flavors that possess excellent density but also relatively fine supporting tannins that add shape to the strikingly long finish. While not a wine of finesse, this is certainly finer than it usually is." (BH)

Winery Notes:
The deepest color so far, and the most elegant nose – very Pinot, a classy rôti style. On the palate, it has a ton of roasted smoky fruit. Rich and creamy in texture with long, long flavors. Super fresh with lots of chocolate and licorice on the finish. 19.2/20