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+.
(from a 1.08 ha mix of younger and older vines that average about 50+ years of age). An exuberantly spicy nose offers up notes of cassis, various black fruit nuances and plenty of earth and game scents. 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 and imposing tannic spine on the hugely long finish. This is certainly a big wine, in fact it’s borderline massive and not surprisingly it’s going to need a very long time to arrive at its full potential. Recommended. 2035+
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)
Bright medium red. Subdued nose shows more red than black fruits, along with complicating notes of spices and red licorice. Wonderfully sweet, spicy and rich, with enough juiciness to give balance and early personality to the tactile, juicy flavors of raspberry, minerals and spices. Very sexy and suave on the long if somewhat youthfully imploded finish. This complete premier cru should last for a long time in a cool cellar. Despite the fact that the Gouges family picked very early in 2015, Antoine Gouges describes the wines as 'very ripe but not quite candied or overripe, with the structure for a long life in bottle.' He added that the estate's '15s were bottled with around 13% alcohol. 93+ points. (ST)
The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains reveals excellent potential, wafting from the glass with a reticent bouquet of creamy red and black fruit, dark chocolate and squab. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, powerful and deep at the core, its imposing chassis of fine-grained tannin already beginning at clamp down on the finish, its acids positively racy. For all the Gouges' efforts to tame their wines' tannins, this is a classic Vaucrains that will demand a good decade of cellaring: patience, however, will bear dividends. (WK) 92+
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