2011 Nuits St Georges Les Vaucrains Henri Gouges

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



This is also somewhat toasty though not so much that the earthy, ripe and distinctly sauvage aromas of plum and cassis cannot be appreciated. The palate impression is strikingly rich and muscular and the typical bold and brash flavors of a classic Vaucrains are present before terminating in a wonderfully intense, austere and hugely long finish. As is almost always the case with the Gouges Vaucrains, this is very firmly structured and will need all of a decade and very probably then some to fully mature. Tasted: Jan 14, 2013. Drink: 2023+



Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2011 has a slightly reduced nose, though again underneath there lies some attractive mulberry, red plum and strawberry fruit. At the moment it feels a little smudged, though it gains clarity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins. The acidity here is nicely judged and lends this sufficient freshness, the finish backward and surly at the moment, but with potential to blossom with another couple of years in bottle. Not quite as good as the Les Saint Georges '11, but still a creditable wine for the vintage. eRobertParker.com.November, 2014


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