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Domaine Henri Gouges<br />2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Clos des Porrets St-Georges<br>France

Domaine Henri Gouges
2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Clos des Porrets St-Georges
France

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TYPE Dry - Red
REGION Burgundy | France
GRAPES Pinot Noir
APPELLATION Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru | Clos des Porrets-Saint-Georges
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck |
94 points, International Wine Report |
93+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate |
92 points, Wine Spectator |
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate |
90-92 points, Vinous |
90-92 points, Burghound |
About the Wine
Critic Reviews
94 points, International Wine Report
“The 2017 Clos des Porrets St-Georges is an absolutely sensational showing from Henri Gouges. Sourced from a 9-acre monopole with 30+ year-old vines this gorgeous Nuits-St-Georges begins with dazzling aromatics of black raspberries and wild berries which are woven together with dried exotic spices, dried soil, fresh florals, forest herbs and minerals which all take shape. On the palate this is precise and impeccably structured around a focused core of vibrant, beautifully ripe fruit. It goes on to display remarkable overall balance and concentration leading up to the sappy, yet mouth watering finish. The 2017 is nothing short of utterly sublime and is already offering tremendous appeal at this young age, however that said, it also possesses the undeniable potential to age gracefully for many years to come.”

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Des Porrets ratchets up the intensity noticeably yet shares a similar sunny, rounded, almost sexy style. Wonderful ripe strawberries and blueberry fruit as well as ample notes of violets, flowers, lavender, and spicy wood all emerge on the nose, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, an expansive, layered mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and bright yet integrated acidity. This is a beautifully complex, balanced Clos Des Porrets that has plenty of upfront charm and appeal, yet the balance and class to evolve for 15-20 years or more.”

93+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Les Saint Georges is showing well, wafting from the glass with aromas of smoky berry fruit, licorice, candied peel, nori and rich soil tones, having already almost entirely integrated its framing of new wood. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and nicely layered at the core, with good concentration, fine-grained but firm tannins and a precise, stony finish.”

92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“Aromas of wild berries and forest floor mingle with notions of grilled game and raw cocoa in a complex bouquet, framed by cedary new oak, introducing the 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Clos des Porrets Saint Georges. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and decidedly velvety for a young Clos des Porrets, with ripe tannins, tangy acids and a long, succulent finish.”

92 points, Wine Spectator
“This is fresh, delivering violet, black cherry and black currant flavors, matched to a vibrant structure. The tannins are light yet sufficiently dense to exert moderate grip on the spicy finish. Best from 2021 through 2033.”

90-92 points, Burghound
“The wood treatment is a bit more evident than with any of the prior wines but not so much as to diminish the appeal of the earthier and cooler aromas of violet, plum and full-on sauvage notes. The delicious middle weight flavors are more refined than usual if not actually refined, all wrapped in detailed, focused and solidly powerful finish. Note that while this will certainly age, it’s sufficiently round to make for reasonably good early drinking.”

90-92 points, Vinous
“The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos des Porrets-Saint Georges 1er Cru has an attractive bouquet of black cherries, bilberry jam, a touch of blue fruit and just a hint of licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit. There is an initial burst and then everything clamps back down so that the second half is structured and grippy. Lacks a little charm at the moment, but give this time in bottle.”
About The Winery
The creation of Domaine Henri Gouges was the culmination of 400 years of family grape farmers, and it is, in many minds, the top domaine in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Henri formed the domaine in 1920 but was soon discouraged with selling the fruit to négociants. He envisioned a better quality wine, and by 1933, he was producing, bottling, and selling directly. He, along with the Marquis d'Angerville from Volnay, was at the forefront of battles against fraud in Burgundy in the 1920s. In the 1930s, Monsieur Gouges was one of the people charged with the job of delineating the crus in Burgundy for the Institut National d'Appellation d'Origine, and he was a member of that regulatory body at its outset. Since the beginning, the domaine has remained an undivided family property. In 1967 Henri's two sons, Michel and Marcel, succeeded him and added to the holdings of the estate. Each of them handed leadership over to one of their sons to bring the domaine to the next stage. Pierre and Christian began the modernization of the vineyards and the winery, which they have now turned over to Pierre's son, Gregory, and his cousin, Antoine. While the house style has evolved, the main focus is the better reflection of the terroir in the fruit through organic viticulture. They believe that healthy vines produce quality fruit and thus more expressive terroir-driven wines.


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