2007 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits.-Saiint Georges 1er Cru "Les Saint Georges" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1405084 94 points John Gilman

 And the 2007 Les St. Georges- simply brilliant! The deep and very complex nose soars from the glass in a beautiful mélange of red and black cherries, dark berries, espresso, bitter chocolate, a touch of graphite and a kaleidoscopic base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with a rock solid core of sappy fruit, fine-grained, but substantial tannins, zesty acidity and brilliant length and grip on the pure and transparent finish. A great, great wine. (Drink between 2017-2060)  (2/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A wine that is ripe and relatively soft. It does offer some dense tannins, but these are surrounded by rich black plum and ripe berry fruits. The structure comes from wood aging and fruit as much as from tannins. The final flavors are delicious, smoky and toasty.  (12/2010)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 While hardly surprising, this is the most elegant and refined wine in the range with a beguiling mix of red and dark berry fruit aromas nuanced by plenty of Nuits style earth and hints of game and underbrush that can also be found on the rich, sweet, full and attractively textured flavors that are at once delicious yet serious, well-muscled, precise and mineral-inflected while being supported by very firm tannins and first rate length. This is a classy effort that will age for several decades, perhaps a bit longer. Recommended.  (1/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, deep red. Black raspberry, dark chocolate and menthol on the nose; almost liqueur-like in the context of this outstanding premier cru but with lovely verve. Sweet on entry, then much less forthcoming in the middle palate, showing the stuffing of the vintage but less refinement than the 2008. This broad and slightly chunky wine is youthfully mute today and seriously in need of patience. Finishes with building dusty tannins and a distinct toughness. No easy sweetness here today.  (3/2010)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 2007 Nuits-St-Georges Premier Cru Les Saint Georges This domaine, run by third-generation Pierre and Christian Gouges, farms 35.8 acres, their vineyards focused in Nuits-St-Georges. Les Saint Georges is perhaps the most highly regarded site-last year, a group of producers petitioned the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO) to upgrade the vineyard to grand cru status. This 2007 is as massive as a grand cru, a potent and luscious wine that carries its extract without any bitterness. It's plump with fruit, with foresty cherries, cherry bark and the fruitiness of mushrooms. This should age with grace.  (10/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A dense, compact red, not yielding much now in the way of cherry, earth and mineral flavors. Ends with stiff, chewy tannins, but this isn't dry. Reserved, just needs time. Best from 2013 through 2023.  (9/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges from Henri Gouges has a ripe, loose-knit, rather smudged bouquet that is not unpleasant with light mulberry and leather scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly spiced entry, a little conservative if balanced, but missing real tension and complexity towards the finish. It's just lost some of the pizzazz it had a couple of years ago and as I suggested, it should be consumed sooner rather than later. Tasted November 2016. (NM)  (2/2017)

Vinous

 The 2007 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 1er Cru feels a little smudged on the nose compared to recent vintages: crushed strawberry, orange rind and damp soil, gradually attaining more delineation as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a firm rib-cage of tannins for the vintage, lending this a sense of structure and masculinity. Yet who can deny the delineation and subtle black pepper note that enlivens the finish. This has matured well over the last 11 years, that said, it is difficult to see where it is going. Tasted at the Gouges retrospective at La Cabotte. (NM)  (10/2018)


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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.