Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trip to Europe (Bourgogne-France-Fall 2011)...Tasting at Henri Gouges

(Day 4)
For lunch, we went to Nuits-Saint-George again.

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We stopped by at a little bistro called, Le Beffroi. I had Salade de Mache with poached eggs and bacon. There were 3 hot poached eggs on a mount of greens! Pretty dynamic.

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From the town of Nuits-Saint-George, we walked to Henri Gouges, where we had an appointment with. Pierre Gouges was waiting to host a tasting for us. He is a brother of my friend, Francoise. It was so nice to meet him for the first time.

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Pierre kindly gave us a tour of the winery facility, which was rebuilt in 2007. They now have impressive modern equipments with temperature control. But, the wine-making process itself is very natural.

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After the tour, we walked to their cave for tasting of 2010 barrel samples etc. Here are what we tasted.

(2010 vintage)
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Chaines-Carteau”…from dry soil, fine dry rock
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Clos de Cloires”
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Les Pruliers
”…from 65-year-old vines
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Vaucrains”…from top soil, red clay, hard location to work on.
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Les-Saint-Georges”

2009 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Clos des Porrets”
2009 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Les Pruliers”
2007 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, “Les Vaucaines”
2010 Nuits-Saint-Georges (blanc)…from “Les Perrier”

It was great that we could taste different crus of NSG back to back and see all the character differences. These wines showed both power and finesse.