Country: Burgundy, France
Region: Cote de Nuits / Nuits-Saint-Georges / Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Burgundy
Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Food Pairing: Duck, Goose and Game Birds
The Henri Gouges estate is an expert of the Pinot noir, and of the “Pinot Gouges”, a white Pinot discovered by Henry Gouges himself. The vines are approximately 50 years old and are cultivated organically. The wines of Henri Gouges are reputed to be fair, intense, and steady. They are nowadays fine, silky, and soft, but without forgetting their strength, and their capacity for long-keeping wines. In order to preserve the purity of fruit, grapes are picked by hand. With that in mind, winemaking is made with gravity and extraction through infusion. The “décuvage”, followed by a light pressing and sedimentation in tuns, will lead to ageing in oak barrels for 10 to 18 months, with 10% to 30% of new barrels in a view to sublimate the terroir.
About the Winery:
Henri Gouges is the spearhead of the law on AOC and was the representative of the Burgundian viticulture at the steering community of the INAO. “It is in the vineyards that the Great Wines ripen”, this adage has guided all of our choices since the creation of the estate. In 1940, Marcel and Michel Gouges decided to replant the old vineyard to ensure the future. Pierre and Christian attended to modernize the wine production techniques and were the first ones to follow the path of sustainable viticulture with nothing but quality. For 15 years, the whole estate has been working according to the principles of organic farming. Prioritizing biodiversity, focusing on the vine root development, and supporting the development of microorganisms, the study of soil and its exchanges are the keywords of this fourth generation. A family that oscillates constantly between tradition on the one hand, and the other hand, openness to its era and a vision of the future on the other.