Clos des Porrets is always the most red fruity of the Gouges family’s premier crus when it is ready to drink, but in many vintages, it can start out life quite black fruity and this is certainly the case with this very promising 2016. The nose wafts from the glass in a lovely mix of cassis, dark berries, bitter chocolate, gamebird, a fine base of soil and a nice touch of violets in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and still quite primary in profile, with a rock solid core of sappy fruit, superb backend mineral drive and outstanding focus and grip on the ripely tannic and very well-balanced finish. This will be superb with a decade’s worth of bottle age. 2026-2075.
The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets Saint Georges, matured in 20% new oak, offers attractive dusky black berries on the nose mixed with cold black tea and bay leaf. Give it a couple of swirls and a lovely crushed rose petal note leaps from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, finely judged acidity, a little grainy in texture toward the finish. There are wonderful pure black and red fruits with a vein of blood orange on the finish. Though not as good as the 2015 maybe, this remains a fine contribution to the vintage. (NM)
(aging in 20% new oak): Bright, dark red. A touch of reduction to the aromas of dark berries, subtle spices and black pepper. Fine-grained, juicy and discreet, with blueberry and blackberry flavors complemented by a note of dark chocolate and nicely framed by harmonious acidity and firm tannins. Slightly rustic but nicely round and sweet for its modest 12.5% alcohol. The tannins are fine-grained and ripe, and the finish displays sneaky length and lift. I like this! These wines were racked after the spring malos but not since then. (ST)
This is sufficiently reduced to overshadow the fruit but it appears to be ripe. Otherwise there is excellent punch and verve to the powerful and muscular flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density while delivering fine length on the balanced finish. This manages to be very Nuits in character without being unduly chewy or rustic. Once again, this is worth considering.
The Clos des Porêts seemed rather evolved when I tasted it in October, and it may be that I caught it at an awkward moment. The wine opens in the glass with notes of cassis, balsamic cherry with some volatile acidity, and a touch of game, followed by a fine-grained wine with a sweet attack, then a firm, austere finish. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040. (WK)
A bit more intense than the village wine on the nose. Polished and racy. Real lift and length to this. Really quite exciting. 17/20 points. (JR)
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