2014 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits st Georges Villages $78
88-91 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
A markedly sauvage nose reflects notes of dark berry fruit, spicy, violet and earth. The middle weight flavors possess an unusually sleek and velvety mouth feel before culminating in a mildly rustic finale.
2014 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits st Georges 1er Cru Pruliers $125
92 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
A subtle application of wood frames the spicy red and dark berry fruit that is liberally laced by notes of earth and game. I very much like the intensity and focused power of the concentrated medium weight flavors that display moderate rusticity and a touch of austerity on the impressively complex and persistent finale. Patience required.
2014 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits st Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets $100
90-93 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
*Outstanding* Once again reduction dominates. By contrast there is a really lovely freshness and vibrancy to the intense and focused middle weight plus flavors that culminate in a powerful, rustic and beautifully persistent finish. This is a classic Nuits that is going to require close to a decade to be approachable and should reward 12 to 15 years of cellaring.
2014 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits st Georges 1er Cru Vaucrains $150
91-94 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
*Sweet Spot Outstanding* Here too there is a subtle application of wood setting off the intensely spicy and overtly sauvage aromas of mostly cassis and black raspberry aromas that are also liberally laced with warm earth nuances. The muscular big-bodied flavors possess real power and punch along with ample minerality before terminating in a hugely long, complex and well-balanced finale. As it always is this is distinctly old school in style and will definitely require extended cellaring.
2014 Domaine Comte Armand Auxey-Duresses Villages $60
88 points Allen Meadows
A pretty if mildly rustic nose features notes of black cherry, cassis and plenty of earth character. The racy, intense and delicious middle weight flavors exhibit ample minerality while delivering solid punch on the equally rustic, serious and balanced finish. This offers better than average depth and length for an Auxey villages and should be a good early drinker.
2014 Domaine Comte Armand Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru $73
90 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
Here the nose is compositionally similar to that of the straight villages though with notably better layering to it. There is also more size, weight and power to the slightly finer medium weight flavors that culminate in a balanced, youthfully austere and delicious finish. This is really quite good because while there is a trace of rusticity it is noticeably less prominent. In a word, lovely
2014 Domaine Comte Armand Volnay $85
87 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
A discreet touch of wood sets off perfumed cassis, spice and plum aromas. There is both good volume and intensity to the vibrant middle weight flavors that terminate in a dusty and mildly edgy finish due to the hail. This isn’t bad but I would advise drinking it on the younger side and with food as I doubt the edginess will ever completely dissipate.
2014 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux $235
91 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
This is markedly reduced at present so I would strongly suggest decanting it if you are tempted to open a bottle young. Otherwise the supple, round and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors possess a sleek muscularity and solid intensity, all wrapped in a lingering finish that presently displays a hint of an edge that may or may not ever round off. As such my rating is a compromise as I suspect that this will develop even better complexity with age and thus even if the balance isn’t perfect, the ’14 Clos des Epeneaux should still make for a lovely wine.
2014 Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Anges $125
89-91 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
Here too there is enough reduction to push the underlying fruit to the background but like the Volnay “1er” there is good freshness and ample punch to the delineated and delicious middle weight flavors. Here though there is a bit more concentration present on the lightly mineral-inflected, dusty and slightly austere finish.
2014 Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru $110
88-92 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
A slightly more complex nose offers up more refined aromas of plum, spice and violets. The sleek, vibrant, detailed and mineral-inflected flavors offer fine depth before culminating in a mildly lean and linear finish that is presently on the austere side. Note that my projected range assumes that this will flesh out as it ages and as such this would not be an especially good candidate for early consumption.
2014 Marquis D’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs $225
93-95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2014 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs has a very complex and introverted, but captivating bouquet that draws you in, full of blackberry, briary, cold limestone and just a hint of baking powder in the background lending sweetness. The palate is sensual on the entry. There is roundness and depth here, coupled with very good substance, a hint of white pepper perhaps, and as always, with immense precision on the finish. There is nothing flamboyant here — just a very aristocratic Volnay for long term aging.