The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots has a generous, lively bouquet with dark cherries, a hint of blackcurrant and cold stone - very defined with good fruité. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe red cherry and cranberry fruit. It possesses an agreeable sense of reserve towards the second half: more structured with grainy tannins and a chalkiness lingering on the aftertaste. Mugneret-Gibourg aside, Les Chaignots does get better than this. This is an outstanding effort. (NM)
Mild reduction doesn't completely mask the clearly ripe dark berry fruit liqueur-like aromas that are laced with earth and spice elements. There is good energy to the precise and sleek middle weight flavors that possess lovely depth on the dusty and firm but not rustic finale.
The 2015 Chaignots had also been racked and assembled in anticipation of bottling at the start of the year and was a bit grumpy to be tasted at the time of my visit. The wine is very black fruity and chocolaty in personality this year and was the one wine in the Gouges cellars that I thought was a bit reminiscent of the 1990 vintage. The bouquet is deep and exuberant, offering up scents of black plums, black cherries, venison, chocolate, dark soil tones and a smoky top note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite primary in personality, with a bottomless core of sappy fruit, ripe tannins and a very long and promising finish. This will be excellent. 2023-2065.
(also recently racked): Healthy medium red. Spicier on the nose than the basic village offering, conveying scents of red fruits, earth, chocolate and dried flowers. Lovely spicy, saline wine with red and darker fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Slightly rustic in a Nuits way but with noteworthy concentration. Distinctly more tannic and structured than the village offering. The Gouges have been reducing the yields in this vineyard in recent years by forcing the roots deeper. Gregory Gouges noted that the 50% of these vines that were planted in 1985 are quite vigorous and have a natural tendency to overproduce. But the yield in 2015 was a low 26 hectoliters per hectare.(ST)
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