Pre-Arrival Offer Details
Allocations: This is a pre-arrival offer. Wines will be allocated on a 1st in 1st served basis. We’ll let you know what you’ve got as soon as we can. There is as little as 12 bottles available for the country for some wines.
Payments: You will be invoiced on confirmation of your allocation.
Expecting Arrival: Delivery is expected in November-December 2018.
Shipping: These wines are shipped in refrigerated containers and stored in climate controlled warehousing. Given the nature of the wines and likely weather on arrival, we’ll store these wines free of charge until the weather cools sufficiently for safe shipping.
About Henri Gouges
Henri Gouges has a long continuous history in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Nuit-Saint-Georges rests on the Southern border of Vosne-Romanée.
The creation of Domaine Henri Gouges was the culmination of four hundred years of family grape farmers. Henri formed the Domaine in 1920, but was soon discouraged with the idea of selling the fruit to négociants. He envisioned a better quality wine from his new Domaine, and by 1933 was producing, bottling and selling directly. It has remained an undivided family property as the transition continued from Henri to his sons Marcel and Michel, to the next generation of Pierre and Christian who have recently turned it over to Gregory and Antoine Gouges.
Located in the heart of the “Cote d’Or” in the village of Nuits Saint Georges, they have grown to thirty-six acres of vineyards and a modern gravity flow winemaking facility where they produce Bourgogne, Village and Premier Cru wines.
Henri’s philosophy from the old maxim, “It is on the vines that great wines are made” has endured through each subsequent generation. Respecting the land, the environment, and the traditions of the region have been at the heart of their winemaking. Great care to nurture the soil and vines has lead to the highest quality fruit while controlling yields for optimum results.
The wines of Nuits tend not be as masculine as the wine of Gevrey-Chambertin or have the immediate opulence of Vosne.
In the 1990’s Gouges used to make quite chewy reds with whole-bunch and cold soak influence. Over time they have been looking to evolve their style, making finer wines. The videos in the offer show the rebuilt winery, the exceptionally gentle fruit handling, and, berry by berry sorting, with gravity used to move fruit.
The 2016 Vintage
Nuits-Saint-Georges, including Henri Gouges, were hit by severe frosts in 2016, yields often as low as one-third of usual. They will be relieved to have opened their new winery in 2007 giving them greater control over fruit sorting and handling.
The Guillards, Gevrey-Chambertin, from 2016 were not affected by frost at all. They show a stunning expression of Pinot, transparent, fine delicious with great distinction between the terroirs.
This mirror Stephen Tanzers thoughts on the vintage as a whole.
Once again we are seeing the ability of great producers to optimise in challenging years.
I tasted this year with winemaker Gregory Gouges’ cousin Antoine, who is in charge of the vineyards at the family domain. As the south side of Nuits-Saint-Georges was hit hard by frost—with mildew resulting in further losses—the estate produced just 16 hectoliters per hectare on average in 2016, with their top holdings in Les Vaucrains and Les Saint-Georges the most seriously affected. The estate began harvesting on September 26, with what Antoine described as “good phenolic maturity, between 12% and 12.5%.” There was almost no chaptalization here, except for the Bourgogne Rouge. Antoine told me that he kept eliminating the secondary buds through the summer to preserve overall ripeness levels. All of the fruit was destemmed in 2016. “It was hard even to carry out experiments in such a short year,” Antoine explained. From Red Burgundy ’16 & ’15: Superb Vintages, Different Styles (Jan 2018) by Stephen Tanzer