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2002 Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges Les Vaucrains

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94-96The Wine Advocate

Violets, earth, tar, ink, licorice, and a huge assortment of candied black fruits coat the taster's palate. Its stunning concentration and depth are matched by its nobility, balance, and length.

92Burghound.com

Brilliantly complex and elegant black fruit aromas cut with intensely earthy notes merge seamlessly into ripe, rich, delicious yet entirely serious flavors that are very firmly structured but not at all hard.

90-93Stephen Tanzer

Ripe redcurrant and chocolate aromas complicated by a leathery suggestion of terroir Strong flavors of redcurrant, flowers and spices. Offers lovely inner-mouth perfume...

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Nuits-St.-Georges, Les Vaucrains

Les Vaucrains is a 15.5-acre Premier Cru vineyard in Nuits-Saints-Georges, in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits. It is in the southern part of of the appellation. Because there are no Grand Cru vineyards in Nuits-Saints-Georges, the appellation’s considerable reputation rests on its excellent Premier Crus. Burgundy writer Clive Coates calls this vineyard part of the “greatest climat in Nuits-Saint-Georges.” The vineyard is 260 – 280 meters in elevation with rocky soil heavy with sand and clay. Coates calls Les Vaucrains “vigorous and rich and full-bodied.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.