We recently tried all of the 2018 crus from Gouges, and they are remarkable. Gouges shows the innate Rusticity in the Nuit St. Georges terroir with an unmatched refinement. These are very fine-tuned, precise, and expressive wines that true to their terroir. It is incredibly rare to get half bottles from Gouges, and what they do make only comes the states in tiny quantities.
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We have been lucky to get our hands on some rare half bottles recently. It is a fun format to try a wine and dramatically cuts the cost. With pricing increases all the time, many of these bottles are out of reach for some. Gouges is among the top two producers in Nuits. St. Georges, right with Chevillon. The Clos de Porret St. George is a Monopole of the Gouges Domaine located just below the premier cru Les Perrieres and was once an ancient pink limestone quarry. The wines from this vineyard show a lot of finesse and complexity, and in this vintage is a very serious bottle of Burgundy as John Gilman brushes on below. It is not often we find excellent Premier Cru red Burgundy in 375ml's so I've even grabbed a few for myself. A great way to enjoy a wine from one of Nuits St. Georges's best, this is not one to miss!
John Gilman 93 points! "The Clos des Porrets is further north and was out of the path of the hail in July, so the wine was not affected and it has turned out superbly in 2018. The bouquet is deep and already beautifully expressive, jumping from the glass in a mix of black cherries, cassis, bitter chocolate, a hint of cola, gamebird, a complex base of dark soil tones and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, powerful in personality, but just impeccably balanced at the same time, with a great core of fruit, firm, buried tannins, tangy acids and outstanding length and grip on the poised and very promising finish. Fine, fine juice in the making."