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2006 Henri Gouges - Nuits St Georges Les Chenes Carteaux 1er Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES
  • 91 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 75079-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($77) Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, redcurrant, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose, plus a whiff of leather. Smooth, ripe and sweet, with complex flavors of black- and redcurrant, fresh herbs and earth. In a distinctly sturdy style, with slightly tough tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Deep crimson. Old fashioned chunky nose. Pretty hard work. Great fruit but I'd love a little more polish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 02-04-2008
  • Burghound | Rating: 91

    Here the nose juxtaposes an airy but not bright array of red berry aromas plus earth and stone hints that lead to more refined middle weight flavors that culminate in a tight, complex and mouth coating finish where the tannins are prominent but fine. This is balanced and pure. Worth a look.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Needs aeration to reveal the dark berry, black cherry and wild forest fruit notes. There's plenty of mineral as well, as this tightens up from midpalate through the finish. A pure expression of place, yet give this time or decant now. Best from 2011 through 2022. 175 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: AoB
Founded by Henri Gouges, this domaine was subsequently developed by his two sons, Michel and Marcel. For the last few years, Pierre and Christian, the grandsons, have carried on the traditions of the estate. Pierre has a passionate interest in the care of the vines and Christian oversees winemaking. Uncompromising about quality and respectful of the typicity of the different vintages, he bottles after 18 months aging in oak-barrels, using a maximum of 20% new oak in the final blending.

Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 27 bottles owned
  • 10 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 10 collectors)