2007 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1405085 93 points John Gilman

 Not surprisingly, the 2007 Domaine Gouges Vaucrains is one of the more structured examples of the vintage, but it shows all of the inherent purity of this year in the Côte d’Or and is going to be an excellent wine with a bit more bottle age. The bouquet offers up a fine constellation of red and black cherries, nutskin, venison, coffee, fresh herb tones, forest floor, a nice touch of botanicals and a topnote of charred wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full- bodied, complex and really rock solid at the core for an ’07, with moderate tannins, fine acids and lovely focus and balance on the long and classy finish. This is getting close to blossoming and should cruise along very well indeed for at least a quarter of a century after reaching its plateau of maturity. (Drink between 2019-2045  (4/2015)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, bright red. Black raspberry, dark chocolate, iron, smoke and menthol on the rather brooding nose. Then silky, ripe and deep, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character for this wine at this early stage. At once supple and serious, offering suave flavors of dark fruits and menthol and finishing with fairly powerful but nicely ripe tannins. Possesses all of the Nuits food groups. This will need five or six years of cellaring. (ST)  (3/2009)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The barest trace of wood influence highlights a brooding and backward yet exceptionally fresh and classic nose of very ripe dark berry fruits, earth and game notes that also infuse the rich, full-bodied and broad-shouldered flavors that are quite powerful while sporting outstanding mid-palate concentration and length. This is bigger than its '08 counterpart though while it's certainly formidable, it's not nearly as big as some vintages of Gouges Vaucrains where it can be a true beast. Still, this is outstanding for its balance, length and sense of harmony.  (1/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Marked by blackberry, black currant and iron notes, this muscular red offers both sweet fruit and a solid structure. Still a bit tight on the finish, which lingers in the minerally, earthy tones. Best from 2012 through 2022.  (9/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at Flint Wines’ 2007/2012 Nuits Saint-Georges tasting in London. The 2007 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains from Henri Gouges has a mature, open bouquet that feels slightly oxidized. The palate is better with good weight in the mouth, chewy tannin and plenty of spice-tinged dark fruit. What it is missing is a sense of energy and brightness, a lack of tension on the finish that would have urged you back for another sip. I have tasted many superior bottles from this domaine and from this producer. Drink soon. Tasted November 2016.(NM)  (2/2017)

Vinous

 The 2007 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru performs similarly to the previous bottle. I am unsure about the nose that feels rather fatigued (like a few 2007s have recently shown) whilst the palate is chewy and bright, but perhaps missing the glass one expects from this prestigious vineyard. The jury is still out on this one. Tasted from a bottle from my personal cellar.  (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.
Country:

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.