2018 Henri Gouges les Chaignots 1er Cru (750ml)

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy, France

2018 Henri Gouges les Chaignots 1er Cru
B-21 Top Recommendation
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The creation of Domaine Henri Gouges was the culmination of 400 years of family grape farmers. It is for many 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 to consumers. 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.


The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Chaignots 1er Cru is de-stemmed this year. It has a pretty, fragrant bouquet of raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, plus touches of rose petal and iris flower. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins and a fine line of acidity, the 20% new oak nearly integrated. It does feel a little conservative on the finish, but there is certainly elegance here.

91 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2020)


This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 08/31/20. 36 bottles available.

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