Decanted one hour. Dark red. Dark, restrained fruit, just the beginnings of some earth, and plenty of structure to age - but the tannins aren't as noticable as I remember form the '96 and '98 versions of this wine. Seems it will be more balanced, and a better wine for me, than those two - but still needs a few years to open up. A-
Drank with the '96 Vaucrains, which it clearly bested but not necessarily due to the more refined material that LSG tends to have - there actually, surprisingly, wasn't much structure or tannin in evidence here, making it about as drinkable as an adolescent Gouges can possibly be, but the result of that is that texture wasn't a big factor. It had a gamey scent to it but nothing like the blatant brett of the Vaucrains, instead this was just an NSG more on the savory than the stony side of things, and with good fruit saturation considering the vintage.
Popped and decanted for 5+ hours. Medium-plus black cherry hue, quite dark for a Burgundy. Somewhat effusive nose of dark fruits, dried flowers, iron, and hints of forest floor. Medium-plus body. As with the nose, flavors in mouth from this are similarly reticent and seemingly brooding. What is there comes off as powerful, dark fruited, and showing a tremendous impression of minerals. The acidity is balanced with chunky, somewhat rustic tannins on the plus close. Clearly too young, one would hope that this will improve with additional time in the cellar as it appears to possess all the essentials. One word to sum this bottle up would be "brooding."
Quick commentary: It didn't show any better or worse with food. Although, that said, it accompanied every dish quite well.
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(Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges) Very dark red violet color; tart red fruit, mineral, tart cherry, rosehips, sous bois nose; nice, tart cherry, mineral palate with the beginning of a savory character and good dry extract; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (needs 3-4 years)
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