2013 Henri Gouges Nuits St George 1er Chenes Carteaux$49.99
The 2013 red Burgundy vintage has turned out to be a very classic one, with a lot of great vineyard driven wines like this one. The Chenes Carteaux vineyard is located south of Les Vaucrains, and above Les St George on a steep slope between 850 and 1000 ft elevation. The soil is mixed with a combination of small pebbles, and sandy soil, that is yellowish brown in color. The Gouge’s work their vineyards sustainably, and have a state-of-the-art winery where the wines are moved by gravity not pumps. This is one of the best premier cru red Burgundy deals we have come across from a top domaine like Henri Gouges.
John Giman 91+ pts! The 2013 Chaînes de Carteaux was also just a touch reduced at the time of my visit and was destined to be the first wine racked after the holidays. The bouquet emerges nicely with some coaxing to show a blend of red and black cherries, venison, woodsmoke, fresh herbs and a lovely base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and again, very soil-driven this year, with fine mid-palate concentration, ripe, well-integrated tannins and very good length and grip on the youthful finish. This is not quite as complete and refined as the 2013 Chaignots, but it too is another strong effort. (Drink between 2021-2055)