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

Year: 2013
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90+
Vinous Media: 92-94
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 Saints-Georges was very reduced on the nose, depriving this of adequate terroir expression. The palate is simple, easy-going with clean sappy fruit (red cherries and soy-tinged strawberry) although it is missing a little depth towards the finish. I wonder if this will put on weight with age [Post-script: this was written prior to the identity being revealed. Gouges' wines do indeed tend to gain substance with bottle maturation.] If it does, it will turn into a very satisfying Nuits Saint-Georges. Tasted September 2016." (WA)

"Bright red. Ripe, musky aromas of red berries, minerals and rust. Suave and creamy-sweet in the mouth, with an almost jammy ripeness but also very good framing acidity to the crunchy red berry flavors. Perhaps a bit youthfully disassociated at present, not to mention firmly tannic on the back end, yet this is easier to taste today than the Vaucrains owing to its sheer sex appeal. Offers superb potential." (VM)

"A ripe and extremely fresh nose exhibits perfumed aromas of cassis, earth, spice, plum liqueur and the classic Nuits animale character along with a background touch of wood. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the velvet-textured broad-shouldered yet refined flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the balanced, suave and mouth coating finale. This is a bit less structured than it usually is and certainly less so than the Vaucrains if only just." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Even deeper in color than the Vaucrains. The nose is extremely ripe and the palate is very candied with chocolate-covered blueberry fruit. There is good length on the palate and the wine finishes with a smoky, lush, bing cherry flavor. 18.8/20