This is a late ex-cellar release which is an outstanding and delicious bottle of red Burgundy. This wine has become approachable as well, yet has the stuffing to go for decades. Gregory Gouges believes the wines are made in the vineyard and employs de-budding and green harvests to control the yields. He also farms sustainably and uses indigenous yeasts during fermentation. His new oak usage is also low for the premier crus at about 20%. The wines spend about 18 months in barrel and then are assembled in the tank to settle and are bottled un-fined and unfiltered. This is a serious premier cru at USA low pricing!
John Gilman 94 pts! The 2014 Pruliers is another wine chez Gouges that really has benefited from the inherent elegance of the vintage, as this wine will be equally refined and polished at its apogee. The bouquet is a young and complex mix of sweet dark berries, currant leaf, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, incipient notes of venison, espresso and just a bit of new oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with a rock solid core of fruit, outstanding focus and grip and excellent backend energy on the poised and ripely tannic finish. Again, the tannins seems effortlessly seamless here in 2014. Great juice. (Drink between 2025-2065)
Vinous (Neal Martin) 94 pts! The 2014 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er Cru has an expressive bouquet with cranberry, raspberry and briary scents. Hints of damp earth and sous-bois develop with aeration. There is something very cohesive and focused about the aromatics here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, wonderful backbone and linearity, a sense of precision towards the finish that was not evident in previous vintages. There is superb length here, one of the best Les Pruliers from Gouges...thus far! Tasted at the Gouges retrospective at La Cabotte. (Drink between 2020-2045)