2015 Henri Gouges Nuit Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets 75CL
The 2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets Saint Georges is—like the Vaucrains—already beginning to shut down, gradually unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, currant leaf, rich spice and raw cocoa. On the palate, the wine's fine-grained tannins take center stage for the moment, but its depth, concentration and energy are all very promising: the only missing ingredient is time.
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.
The Clos des Porrets is a monopole of the Domaine of about 9 acres. Sitting on the stony pink limestone Premeaux, the land is composed of calcareous scree and soil rich in clay. The wines express an elegance finesse after only a few years in the bottle.