One of the most reliable and best value producers in Burgundy. Making only wines from Nuits-St-Georges means Domaine Henri Gouges is slightly unfashionable. But their wines embody the solid tannins, fruit cake and mineral/iron stone spirit of Nuits perfectly. All of their wines are worthy of your attention, but obviously there is something special about being able to drink a mature Les Saint Georges. Early last year I tried the 2007 Gouges Les Pruliers. It was young and tight, I imagine this wine still has a fair way to go too.
“And the 2007 Les St. Georges- simply brilliant! The deep and very complex nose soars from the glass in a beautiful mélange of red and black cherries, dark berries, espresso, bitter chocolate, a touch of graphite and a kaleidoscopic base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with a rock solid core of sappy fruit, fine-grained, but substantial tannins, zesty acidity and brilliant length and grip on the pure and transparent finish. A great, great wine. (Drink between 2017-2060)” (1/2009) 94+ points John Gilman
Les Saint Georges
This is a wine that should be a Grand Cru. But at the time of the AOC ranks being settled the locals did not want to pay the extra tax levied on a Grand Cru site. This is still a great site and makes structured wines that age for the long term.
The main trading town of the Cotes de Nuits the wines here are sturdy. And by sturdy I mean tannic. They have some of the biggest tannins of all the reds with some nice fruit cake like characters and a limestone core. There are no Grand Crus here but there is some seriously impressive Premier Cru and Village wine to be had.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.