On the gruff side, thanks to the dusty tannins, yet offers pure flavors of violet, blackberry and black currant. Shows fine depth and balance, with a terrific aftertaste echoing the dark fruit and upping the ante with a mineral element. (BS)
Gouges noted that in 2015 the blend for this wine contains 40% from the 1er Chênes Carteaux so that there could be sufficient volume for their various markets. A background application of wood frames a similar if more complex and elegant array of ripe aromas. The sleek, round and delicious medium-bodied flavors possess lovely definition before terminating in a saline-inflected finish that is notably finer than it usually is. This offers simply terrific quality for its level and is highly recommended.
This is definitely going to be a year to buy the Nuits AC from Domaine Gouges, as the contribution of all that Chaines Carteaux into the blend has given this wine a really refined and classy personality right out of the blocks! Like the Bourgogne, this had already been assembled in tank for bottling early in the new year and was absolutely singing at the time of my visit, jumping from the glass in a blend of sweet dark berries, red and black cherries, cocoa, gamebird, a touch of bonfire and a beautiful base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, refined and loaded with sappy fruit at the core, with lovely transparency and grip, fine-grained tannins and a long, energetic and very pure finish. A gorgeous villages.
The 2015 Nuits Saint Georges Village, a blend on different small blocks between the south and middle of the appellation, offers a fragrant, well-defined bouquet with red cherries and cranberry fruit. There is impressive mineralité and transparency considering this is a "mere" village cru. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, tart cherries mixed with bergamot and hints of early grey. I appreciate the complexity here and it marks a significant step up from the Bourgogne Rouge. (NM)
(racked into tank and sulfured ten days before my November visit): Medium red. Rather cool aromas and flavors of redcurrant, cherry and coffee complicated by an element of smoky minerality. A supple wine of moderate flesh, offering subtle mid-palate sweetness and a suggestion of underbrush. Finishes with a rather suave dusting of tannins. (ST)
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