The 2015 Vaucrains chez Gouges is a legend in the making. The bouquet is flat out stunning out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black cherries, sweet cassis, bitter chocolate, gamebird, a very complex base of soil, woodsmoke and a pungent topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and beautifully structured, with a potentially very sappy core of fruit, fine soil inflection, seamless, ripe tannins and a very, very long, vibrant and utterly pure finish. This will prove to be a very, very elegant rendition of Vaucrains when it is fully mature, but it is loaded at the same time. Picture the tangy precision of a 1993 and the sappy core of a 2005 and you will get the picture! 2027-2075+.
Reduction. The dense, powerful and brooding big-bodied flavors possess outstanding volume and mid-palate concentration where the abundant dry extract serves to buffer the very firm but not really imposing tannic spine on the hugely long finish. This is certainly a big wine yet compared to past examples of the Gouges Vaucrains that have required several decades to arrive at their apogees, this will likely be approachable after "only" a decade. Recommended.
The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains was showing more reduction on the nose compared to the other premier crus, making the nose difficult to read. The palate is medium-bodied with expressive, supple red cherry and raspberry fruit, a little "straight-laced" perhaps, a Nuits Saint-Georges that prefers correctness on the finish rather than flamboyance (at least at the moment). There is certainly good weight on the finish and I can see this repaying those who cellar it for several years.(NM)
Medium red. Rich, ripe, chocolatey aromas of black plum, dark raspberry, minerals and menthol. Ripe, silky and deep but with lovely energy to the flavors of black raspberry, minerals and spices. Finishes long and gripping, with substantial but nicely integrated tannins and subtle saline minerality. Uncompromisingly dry but not hard or austere, this rather tight-grained wine still needs more élevage and should age very well.(ST)
Complex nose of red fruits, Indian spice, and a hint of oak. Firm attack, rich and dense, a solid wine that's typical of Vaucrains. Structured and has depth, but demands more ageing. Excellent balance and ample force on the very long finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2032.(SB)
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