Bright dark red. The most reduced of these 2016s on the nose today, offering scents of cherry, plum, licorice and mocha. Densely packed, fine-grained and sweet, showing terrific juicy cut and vinosity to its primary dark fruit, chocolate and violet flavors. Finishes with serious but essentially smooth tannins and rising purple fruits that saturate the mouth and leave the taste buds glistening. At once more refined and more powerful than the Vaucrains, this wine is built for a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)
The 2016 Les St. Georges from the Gouges family was a bit more hunkered down at the time of my visit, but seemed to be a bit richer and more powerful in personality this year than the classically styled Vaucrains. The bouquet is all black fruit and soil, offering up scents of dark berries, black cherries, roasted pigeon, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, a hint of chicory and a nice dollop of currant leaf in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent, with a rock solid core, ripe tannins and a very long, primary and well-balanced finish. It may just be the stage that the Les St. Georges is in at the present time, but this seems likely to be a bit more muscular and broad-shouldered in 2016 than any of these other premier crus chez Gouges, and I am not sure it will be able to quite match the stunning precision of the Vaucrains in the long run. Time will tell. (Drink between 2032-2080)
A spicy and more elegant array is equally restrained with its notes of spice, ripe essence of plum and plenty of warm earth characters. The rich, succulent and mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess excellent volume and mid-palate concentration before terminating in a dry extract and mineral-suffused finish. This is classy and refined yet with plenty of muscle and firm structure.
The Les St-Georges is the most reserved wine in the Gouges cellar this year, with a brooding bouquet of wild berries, cassis, grilled meat and rich soil. Full-bodied and complete, this is less structurally austere than the Vaucrains, its chassis of fine but firm tannins better-concealed by the wine’s succulent core of fruit. Drinking Window 2026 - 2046. (WK)
The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges was cropped at just 12 hectoliters per hectare this vintage. Like the Les Vaucrains, I just felt that the aromatics were a tad subdued compared to Les Pruliers or Les Porrets. It is nicely defined but I would like more vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, here the brightness and energy belatedly beginning to shine and it shows fine tension and elegance toward the finish. It is not the greatest Les Saint-Georges that Gouges will ever make, but it comes good at the end. (NM)
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