Domaine Henri Gouges 'Clos des Porretts' Nuits Saint-George Pinot Noir Burgundy Cote de Nuit  2021

Domaine Henri Gouges 'Clos des Porretts' Nuits Saint-George Pinot Noir Burgundy Cote de Nuit 2021

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Domaine Henri Gouges
Nuits St. Georges "Clos des Porrets St. Georges"  
1er Cru Red barrel
Score: 91-93
Tasted: Jan 10, 2023
Drink: 2033+
Issue: 89
Note: a 3.57 ha monopole with 30+ year old vines
Producer note: Grégory Gouges described the 2021 growing season as "one of those vintages where yields and maturities were inversely related. While painful to admit, if yields hadn't been much lower than normal, we never would have had decent maturities so from a glass half full perspective, the lower volumes weren't all bad news. Even so, it was a battle between the frost and the disease pressure. We picked the whites on the 17th of September and began on the reds on the 18th. Potential sugars were in the 12.5 to 12.8% range and the vinifications were relatively easy. As to the wines, they're completely classic with good balance and while they are stylistically similar to the 2017s, speaking for our wines anyway, the 2021s are more structured and should age well." Overall, I like the 2021s better than I thought I would as they have really improved during the élevage. As they did in 2019 and 2020, the domaine has started buying in fruit as well as participating in the Hospices de Nuits auction to augment their volumes slightly and those reviews can be found under the Maison Henri Gouges section immediately below. (Vineyard Brands,, AL, USA; Howard Ripley,, Avery's Wine Merchants,, Flint Wines,, Tanners Wine,, Laytons,, Justerini & Brooks, and Charles Taylor Wines, all UK; Wein & Vin,, Singapore; Pearl of Burgundy,, Hong Kong and Macau; SAQ,, Montreal, Canada; Domaine Wine Shippers,, VIC, Australia).
Tasting note: Background hints of wood are present on the brooding and much more sauvage-inflected aromas of plum and dark currant. The supple and delicious medium weight flavors possess better volume as well as mid-palate density, all wrapped in a youthfully austere and moderately rustic finish that is shaped by firm tannins. This decidedly powerful effort is excellent and much more Nuits in style.