For nearly a century, generations succeed one another, to defend and to highlight the wines of the appellation. Men are rooted here in the Earth as their oldest vines.
They were formerly Henri, then Michel and Marcel; they will be followed by Pierre today retirement and Christian, which works with the statement, Grégory and Antoine.
Here, working with requirement, in respect for the land, traditions, environment and family know-how.
Great care is taken in the work of the vine to reach this result which we are proud, fruit of a lengthy selection and control of yields.
The approach of the GOUGES family focuses in this maxim:
"It is the vines mature wines..."
Our estate produces wines, candid, straight and deep, reflection of the typicity of its soils.
Bourgogne Pinot Blanc
This plot of 0.7 hectares producing Pinot Blanc grapes, situated at about 375 metres of altitude on the plateau, dominates the Côte de Nuits.
Planted in shallow stony soil, composed mostly of red clay, they produce frank and aromatic white wines.
Here we find the 'pinot blanc' cultivar, obtained using mass selection, in the premier cru 'La Perrière'
This is a blend of 7 plots ('Les Plateaux', 'Les Crots', 'Les Belles Croix', 'Les Fleurières', 'Les Brulées' and 'Les Chaliots') for a total area of 3 hectares.
Most of these plots are situated to the South of Nuits-St-Georges, on the lower slopes, where the soil, a mixture of clays, alluvial deposits and limestone gravel, is deep.
Only 'Les Crots', a plot of 1 hectare, is situated on the upper slopes, where the brown limestone soil is shallow.
These frank, generous wines need to be laid down for a few years to be fully appreciated.
This is when they will reveal their true potential !
Nuits Premier Cru Les Chaignots
This is the only premier cru that the domain exploits in the northern part of the appellation.
This plot of 46 ares is located in the lower part of the slopes where the grass covered soil is composed of clays, limestone and alluvial deposits from the 'Serrée' coombe.
This plot produces wines that are famous for their subtlety and their delicacy.
Nuits Premier Cru Clos des Porrets Saint-Georges
This appellation is unique to the domaine; this plot of 3.5 hectares is situated just below the Perrières, a former quarry of Nuits Saint Georges, which was worked by the monks of Cîteaux.
Sitting on the pink limestone of Premeaux and particularly stony, the 'Clos des Porrets' is composed of limestone scree and clay-rich soils and is situated at he bottom of the slopes.
The wines from this plot are excellent for laying down, and after several years they will express superb subtlety.
In 1855, Les Porrets were cited by Dr Lavalle, the author of a famous book on Burgundy wines. He considered Les Porrets one of the best growths of the locality.
Nuits Premier Cru La Perrière
This wine is made from 100% pinot blanc cultivar. This grape, a mutation of pinot noir, was discovered by Henri Gouges, founder of the domain, during an inspection of his vines in the 'Clos des Porrets'.
This pinot blanc is often called 'Pinot Gouges'.
The premier cru 'La Perrière' is produced, as its name suffests, in a former stone quarry.
The soil is particularly stony and calcareous.
This growth, unique because of the cultivar and the very low production (41 ares), gives rise to powerful, complex and atypical wines.
Nuits Premier Cru Les Chênes Carteaux
This plot, measuring one hectare, is situated to the South of Vaucrains and above Saint Georges.
This steep slope, which rises from 260 to 300 metres of altitude, is composed of brown, yellowish, light and sandy soils.
The fruits produced here give rise to beautifully subtle wines, which open up more easily than the wines from neighbouring plots.
Nuits Premier Cru Les Pruliers
Situated on the southern slopes of the village, our two plots, with a total area of 1.80 hectares, are blended during the vinification.
This premier cru extends from 240 to 260 metres of altitude in the middle of the slopes, where the soil is particularly complex, with rock breaking the surface in places and scree from the upper slopes.
With vines that have an average age of 50 years, the premier cru 'Les Pruliers' is a powerful, well-structured wine that ages particularly well.
Nuits premier Cru “Les Saint-Georges”
Half-way between Premeaux and Nuits-Saint-Georges, 'Les Saint Georges' is without doubt the most renowned growth of the locality.
Ideally situated just at the beginning of the slope, and fully exposed to the east, vines thrive here on a wide range of soils.
'Les Saint Georges' are complex, elegant wines, marked by the purity of the fruit, the subtlety of the tannins and the nobility of the growth.
Nuits Premier Cru Les Vaucrains
Situated at the exit of the coombe called 'des Vallerots' and just above the famous plos 'Saint-Georges', this plot of the domain is in the middle of the slopes, and bordered on the upper side by the forest.
Grape production is of course very low : these wines are concentrated, and their freshness and minerality is characteristic of their terroir.
The Vaucrains are nonetheless exceptionally suited for laying down; their full potential is revealed after about ten years.
This wine is the fruit of the blending of grapes from two plots, one situated in the plot called 'Des Dames Huguettes' one of the most beautiful plots of the Hautes Côtes of Nuits, the other situated low down on the slopes at the exit of the village in 'Les Petits Chaliots'.
Drinkable when young, this wine with a regional appellation, is both rich and structured.
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