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

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

2018 Henri Gouges les Vaucrains 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.

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The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru comes from a mixture of 20- and 80-year-old vines and was cropped low, around 25hl/ha. It has a floral bouquet with pressed rose petals and potpourri almost dominating the red fruit. The medium-bodied palate offers fine tension; you would think there was some stem addition here, but there is none. I like the mineralité and vigor on the finish, which is precise and long in the mouth. Excellent.

91-93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2020)

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This item is a pre-order. The estimated arrival date is still being determined. 36 bottles available.

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