Knightsbridge El Bulli Buyout at Next Restaurant

Next Restaurant, Chicago IL

Tasted April 24, 2012 by MatthewF with 577 views


Because we had so many clients asking us to try and get them into the El Bulli menu at Next Restaurant, we decided to ask them if we could simply buy out the restaurant on a day they are normally closed. They graciously agreed and let us bring in a few extra bottles to supplement their pairings.

Each table was responsible for bringing their own wine and fairly quickly bottles started getting passed from table to table to share tastes.

Flight 1 - Some of the wines that made it to the Kitchen Table that I can actively remember... (11 notes)

White - Sparkling
1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon France, Champagne
From Magnum. Powerful and very youthful. A mix of fresh and baked citrus with vibrant acidity on the palate and finish. Nice yeasty brioche character coming through as well. Perhaps the best showing I've seen yet of 90 Dom Perignon. Gotta love magnums...
White - Sparkling
1995 Dom Pérignon Champagne Oenothèque France, Champagne
Baked lemon with yeasty brioche notes. Crushed stone. Fairly rich and creamy fruit on the palate with vibrant acidity on the medium plus finish. Very nice!
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
Notes of red raspberry and strawberry with a touch of orange peel. Lovely floral character as well. Vibrant fruit on the palate too with great acidity on the medium finish. Terrific Rose.
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1999 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
Badly oxidized. Boo!
2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault-Blochet France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Fantastic aromatics right from the start. Very spicy red cherry and berry on the nose and palate with great concentration. Powerful brown baking spice notes all throughout the palate. Some hints of bitter chocolate. Medium bodied with a long finish. Great balance. This bottle was in a great place, but clearly has years left to go. Wonderful!
2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Popped and poured. Amazing aromatics right from the start. Dark cherry and berry fruit with a ton of brown baking spice. Same fruit was found on the highly structured palate as well. Medium bodied with a long, gripping, spicy finish. Great acidity.
1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
Dried red fruit on the nose with baking spice, fennel, and some soy on the nose with earth as well. Fairly lean on the palate with nice fruit and spice flavors right away, but faded after 30 minutes or so. Nice to try.
1988 Domaine Leroy Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Amazing nose of red and black cherry with fantastic spice. Some earth and mushroomy notes as well. Palate was a bit lean at first, but then started fleshing out with more air. Fortunately someone at the table kept a little bit in their glass and I got to go back to it after an hour or two. All the great parts I tasted close to when it was opened all came together and made a fantastic wine. This bottle still had quite a bit of structure remaining. Delicious wine!
1997 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Library release from the Domaine earlier this year. Popped and poured. Firmer red cherry and berry on the nose with very pretty brown spice notes and floral tones. Crushed stones. Palate showed the same red fruit, but was fairly well structured for a 97. Unfortunately there was no time to really let this open up in the glass as more wines kept getting put in front of us.

(After tasting a 93 Chambolle Villages this past weekend (5/12) from the same library shipment, it is very clear that this would have benefitted from time in a decanter)
1998 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Firm dark red and black berry fruits with bits of spice coming out here and there. Crushed stone and earth notes. Lots of structure on the palate as well. The most structured showing yet for this wine, but I am sure that is due to the fact it was not able to be decanted. Still a great addition to the night though. Still so youthful with a long life ahead.
2007 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
Spicy red cherry and black berries with mineral and floral coming through too. Fresh, firm fruits on the palate with a medium plus, mineral driven finish. Overall this was more giving than the 98, but could have used time in a decanted. I look forward to seeing where this goes in the future.


A night full of great food, wine, and friends for sure.

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