The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Pruliers, aged in 20% new oak like Gouges’ other premier crus, has more red fruit on the nose than the Clos des Porrets, a little ferrous in style with subtle damp earthy aromas developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin that feels a little chalkier and sharper at the moment. This is replete with wonderful freshness and tension toward the finish that is tensile and linear, captivating from start to finish. Superb. (NM)
A beautifully layered nose offers up notes of both red and black pinot fruit, spice, warm earth and evident sauvage nuances. The rich, delicious and caressing medium weight plus flavors possess a velvety mid-palate mouthfeel that contrasts somewhat with the very firm, saline and lingering finish. This is muscular but not really rustic.
As was the case with the superb 2016 Pruliers that I tasted with Bertrand Chevillon, Grégory Gouges’ example is going to be a very, very elegant interpretation of this superb premier cru vineyard. The bouquet here is pure and classy, offering up scents of sweet dark berries, black plums, raw cocoa, pigeon, dark soil tones and a hint of cola in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully sappy at the core, with fine transparency, suave, fine-grained tannins, tangy acids and outstanding focus and grip on the very long and nascently complex finish. Great juice. 2026-2075.
(these east-facing vines were affected by the cold air coming in through the combe, noted Antoine Gouges, but production was down by "only" 50%, vs. about 70% for the Vaucrains and Les Saint-Georges): Bright, dark red. Nicely ripe but lively on the nose. Then suave and moderately sweet in the mouth, showing more red fruits than black, with energetic notes of menthol and licorice giving the wine a refreshingly cool aspect. Finishes juicy and brisk, with slightly edgy dusty tannins. This fine-grained wine is youthfully closed and a bit medicinal today and will likely need time in bottle to open. (ST)
The Pruliers is darker and wilder than the Clos des Porêts this year, with a nose of plum, raw cocoa, rich soil and wild berries. On the palate the wine is sappy, full-bodied and rich, with a sweet core of fruit and firm, taut, chalky tannins. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045. (WK)
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