Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Domaine Henri Gouges, NUIT-SAINT-GEORGES, 1er Cru, 'Les Saint Georges'
$611.80 inc. GST
Considered the Grand cru of Nuits-Saint-Georges - if they re-classified.
Still in barrel for a longer elevage. 35% new wood. A fine mid purple colour. Here the bouquet is interestingly complex after the pure precision of the Vaucrains. The fruit is of various ripenesses, thus including some darker berry notes. Rich and powerful, obviously not to the degree of a 2020, while there is still a light peppery touch to finish. However, the clay soils deliver an additional density here. Drink from 2029-2038. **** 93-95 Jasper Morris MW
The 2021 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 1er Cru, 100% de-stemmed but with some whole berries in the vat, has quite a perfumed nose with potpourri and lavender infusing the expressive red berry fruit with a touch of chalk dust. The palate is very harmonious and persistent with a fine silver bead of acidity, exuding impressive mineralité on the finish that linger in the mouth. Excellent. 94 Neal Martin.
This is aromatically more restrained still with more elegant and airier notes of essence of red cherry, crushed fennel, orange peel and plenty of earth elements. There is impressive mid-palate density to the delineated and equally muscular larger-bodied flavours that exude evident minerality on the powerful, serious, compact and moderately austere finale. This is also excellent but like the Vaucrains, at least some patience absolutely required. Sweet Spot Outstanding. 92-94 Burghound.
The Les St-Georges from Gouges is a classic, with blackberry and cassis fruit and a strong savoury, almost animal note and hints of earth, smoke and leather. The texture is firm and tannic, with lots of extract and impressive length. The grapes come from the domaine’s 1.1-hectare parcel. They are destemmed and fermented on native yeasts with a submerged cap for two weeks before ageing over two winters in cask. This wine should age well indeed. 92 Clive Curtis MW, Decanter Magazine.