The Gouges have a total of 1.08ha of what many consider to be a Grand Cru in all but name and always make one of the best expressions of the terroir. This is quite forward for a Les-St-Georges, with ripe, spicy, bramble and mulberry flavours, scented oak, some aromatic spices and a backbone of grippy tannins. At the more alcoholic end of the spectrum. (TA)
The 2018 Les St. Georges from Domaine Gouges is also superb, with the depth, power and structure of the very best wines of the commune in 2018, coupled to great purity and early complexity. The bouquet delivers a refined blend of black plums, sweet dark berries, woodsmoke, gamebird, a touch of balsam bough, bitter chocolate and a very complex base of minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows off a stunning core, with firm, ripe tannins, stunning backend mineral drive and a very, very long and complex finish. This will take a long time in the cellar to blossom, but in time, it will be pure magic!
This too flirts with volatile acidity on the cooler though still liqueur-like aromas both red and dark Pinot fruit that is laced with hints of violet, anise and earth. The velvety, round and overtly powerful medium weight plus flavors also possess good power and punch on the lightly stony and slightly warm finale. This is not quite so over-the-top like the Vaucrains though it is still impressively robust.
The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 1er Cru, which was the first vineyard to be picked, has retained the precocious bouquet of blueberry and cassis, and strong violet scents emerge with time; you might describe this as "punchy." The palate is fleshy and generous, although it does not comes close to the precision and terroir expression exhibited by the 2019, which already has its nose in front. (NM)
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