Producer: Domaine Henri Gouges
The 14.5 ha Domaine Henri Gouges has excellent holdings in Nuits-Saint-Georges and produces some of the village’s most highly regarded wines. The average age of the vines is an impressive 50 years with some at 90 years old.
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Very much still family-run, the estate dates from the return of Henri Gouges from the Great War and subsequently he was one of the earliest to market estate-bottled burgundies. Grégory Gouges, from the fourth generation of the family, is now running the show with his younger cousin Antoine. Our visits usually start beside a venerable, old, hand-painted, raised-relief map which hangs on a wall in the townhouse Gouges headquarters, with Grégory explaining how his organic methods are successfully adapted to varying climatic conditions. Domaine Henri Gouges produces, in our opinion, deliciously intense wines, with tannins which are softer than some in the village. Grégory puts this down not only to better vineyard work, but also to employing gravity rather than pumping the wines around the smart winery built in 2007. Each spotlessly clean concrete tank is the perfect size for each of their vineyards and during fermentation the berries are kept intact for as long as possible. From the yard behind there are fine views up to a patchwork of terraced vines above the town.