2012 Henri Gouges Nuit Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 75CL
The 2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers was showing just a little reduction on the nose, but it reluctantly opens with lovely cranberry and pomegranate scents mingling with cold stone and even light mushroom scents.
The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, taut tannin; quite elegant and harmonious on the finish that does not quite possess the animation of the Clos des Porrets at the moment. Let's see if it catches up its fellow premier crus in bottle.
The creation of Domaine Henri Gouges was the culmination of four hundred years of family grape farmers. Henri formed the Domaine in 1920, but was soon discouraged with the idea of selling the fruit to négociants. He envisioned a better quality wine from his new Domaine, and by 1933 was producing, bottling and selling directly. It has remained an undivided family property as the transition continued from Henri to his sons, and to the next generation.
Located in the heart of the "Cote d'Or" in the village of Nuits Saint Georges, they have grown to thirty-six acres of vineyards and a modern gravity flow winemaking facility where they produce Bourgogne, Village and Premier Cru wines. Henri's philosophy from the old maxim, "it is on the vines that great wines are made" has endured through each subsequent generation. Respecting the land, the environment, and the traditions of the region have been at the heart of their winemaking. Great care to nurture the soil and vines has lead to the highest quality fruit while controlling yields for optimum results.