Domaine Henri Gouges - Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru - La Perriere - white - 2018 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Just like our Bourgogne Blanc, this white wine comes 100% from the Pinot Blanc cépage, called “Pinot Gouges”. This grape, stemmed from the Pinot Noir, was discovered by Henri Gouges, founder of the estate, during an inspection of his vines. The La Perrière cru is produced, as its name implies, in an old stone quarry. We find here very rocky and chalky soils. This unique cru, as a result of its cépage and low production (41 ares), offers intense, complex and unusual wines. This wine is as confidential as fascinating.” Domaine Henri Gouges
Henri Gouges inherited 9 hectares of prime Nuits-St-Georges vineyards just after the First World War, and expanded his holdings significantly between 1920-1934. Today it includes 14.5 hectares – including seven of the best well-positioned 1er crus. Henri started bottling his own wines in 1933 and marketing them directly to its clients. He strongly believed in low yield and was obsessed controlling the yields. This philosophy was passed to the current generation running the Domaine. These days, the Domaine is run by Henri’s grandchildren Pierre and Christian, and Pierre’s son Gregory who is mainly in charge of the winemaking.
The 30 acres of Premier Cru vineyards have remained unchanged since the 1930s. There are seven Premiers Crus: Les Saint-Georges, Les Chaignots, Chênes Carteaux, Clos des Porrets-Saint-Georges, Les Pruliers, and Les Vaucrains, plus the white La Perrière from a mutated Pinot Noir that Henri Gouges noticed growing in 1936 within Clos-des-Porrets and subsequently propagated. By 2008, the entirety of the vineyards had been converted to organic viticulture.
From: France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, La Perriere
Variety: Pinot Blanc