The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers has a more feminine, more fruit-driven bouquet than the NSG Clos des Porrets, very pure crushed strawberry, red cherry and cranberry aromas that gain intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with blood orange on the entry, plenty of lively red berry fruit with admirable mineralité and tension on the finish. This is a superb les Pruliers from Domaine Gouges and it should give a couple decades worth of drinking pleasure. (NM)
This too is firmly reduced. The velvety, round and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors also possess excellent volume and mid-palate concentration with a very high level of phenolic maturity to the firm supporting tannins on the moderately austere and rustic finale. This too is very definitely classic Nuits in character that will require plenty of patience. *Outstanding*
The 2015 Pruliers chez Gouges was a bit more closed down in cask than the Clos des Porrets, but shared the same purity and sappy core of the vintage here. The primary nose offers up a classically black fruity blend of cassis, dark berries, dark chocolate, venison, woodsmoke and that same topnote of currant leaf as found in the Clos des Porrets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very well-balanced, with a rock solid core, fine soil signature, ripe tannins and a long, tangy and perfectly focused finish. This is still a very young wine and will demand some cellaring, but it will be excellent in the fullness of time. 2026-2075.
Good medium red. Very reticent aromas of plum, licorice and menthol hint at a chocolatey ripeness. In a rather rich, fat style, offering good concentration and sappiness to the thick, deep flavors of dark raspberry, spices and bitter chocolate. Comes across as a bit more tannic than the preceding samples, and perhaps a touch warmer at 13.2% alcohol. This fruit was picked two days later than the adjacent Clos des Porrets St-Georges. (ST)
Reticent but very ripe cherry nose, with a hint of menthol. Broad, fleshy and concentrated with some firmness on the mid-palate, there is plenty of energy and drive that leads to a solid finish. Drinking Window 2018-2028. .(SB)
Almost heady! Then serious concentration on the palate. Promises very well for the future. Rather dry finish at present but well constructed in old-school style.
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