One of Burgundy’s most famous and historic producers, the bottles of Henri Gouges are instantly recognisable for their distinctive green labels, while the wines themselves were always identified by their very sturdy tannic structure that need a lot of time, love and patience in the cellar for them to come around. No longer is this true, with riper fruit and tannins in the vineyard and practices in the cellar are less extractive, and yet the wines remain first class amongst the great producers in Nuits-St-Georges. Henri’s great grandson, Gregory Gouges, now makes the wine for this 15-hectare domain.
From a 1 hectare plot located in an enclosed area at the top of the hillside. It is a very old vine which produces very little, yields are around 20 hectoliters per hectare. The name of the place here is les Crots , the vines grow on thin brown limestone soils.
The 2021 Nuits Saint-Georges Cuvee Fontaine Jacquinots comes from plots situated near Chateau-Gris in Les Crots at slightly higher altitude. Sulphur here was only added after the malo and it includes 20% whole bunches. The bouquet is pretty and floral with perfumed red cherry. The stem addition is judicious and lends complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, finely balanced, a touch of white pepper towards the finish, lively rather than profound. Neal Martin, 05/01/2023