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Domaine Henri Gouges
Nuits-St-Georges, Côte-de-Nuîts, Bourgogne, France
Mineral, structured wines of intensity and power.
Henri Gouges was a pioneer of domaine bottled wine when in 1933 he defied the might and power of the negociant monopoly that traditionally purchased the wine of all the domaines in barrel. Five domaines banded together including Marquis d'Angerville to show their defiance and won the day which made vintners wealthier than they had ever been. Henri Gouges was mayor of Nuits-St-Georges and was obviously a man of some influence.
It was also Henri who discovered on his vineyard that some red grapes had mutated into white grapes and they became known as Pinot Gouges. From those grapes their white Perrieres is made. Today the domaine is run by Henri's grandsons Pierre and Christian. Including Henri's original nine hectares, the estate is now 14.5ha and makes nine crus in total of which seven are premier cru (all Nuits-St-Georges).
The majority of the premier crus are made from 50-year-old vines and the Clos-des-Porrets is a monopole. The domaine enjoysagreatreputationandisskilfullymanagedbythetwobrothers-Pierrewasapioneerofplantingryegrassbetween the vines to prevent erosion. Importantly, the brothers dislike the use of new oak, preferring to allow the fruit to fully express itself. On average only 10% of new oak is used. The results are spectacular, and the wines are highly prized, and they are extremelywell.
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