Dinner in St. Louis

Niche

Tasted August 4, 2015 by tooch with 293 views

Introduction

I was in town for work and got together with a small group at Niche. All the food was great, and it was a lot of fun meeting some new people.

We also had a nice Barolo towards the end, but I cannot remember which producer it was!

Flight 1 - Chardonnay Flight (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
2001 Raphaël & Vincent Bérêche Champagne Grand Cru Côte France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
90 points
From magnum. Bright and zippy nose with lots of lemon/lime zest. Palate was firm and structured with a good balance between some riper pear flavors and soft florals. Drinking very nicely.
White
2000 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
92 points
A sweet and salty wine. The aromatics were pure and crystalline and felt familiar for Raveneau. Its palate was incredibly sweet but still nicely balanced. Had some nice richness to it with solid balance, too. Loved the feeling it gave me.
White
2008 Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
95 points
Brilliant showing. Had a beautiful mix of energetic lime notes, with some softer/richer pear flavors. Great balance, mouth-watering acidity...wish we had had more!

Flight 2 - 2003 Burgundy Flight (2 notes)

Red
2003 Domaine Truchot-Martin Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
91 points
Popped this about 90 minutes before dinner. I was worried at first. The aromatics seemed astringent and flat, so I got worried about it being a bad bottle. Luckily, I brought it along to dinner and let it sit for a while. Soon, the wine woke up a bit and picked up a lot of floral accents along with some undertones of earth and meat. I haven't drank many 2003 Burgundy's, but I really liked the juiciness of this. Probably didn't have the 2nd and 3rd gear that other vintages of this wine might have, but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. The final glass of the night (about 6 hours after opening) saw the earth/meat/florals develop even more...guess I should have given it more air!
Red
2003 Bouchard Père et Fils La Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Romanée Grand Cru
93 points
Gorgeous aromas of brambly fruit, earth, and ripe cherry. This was a pretty dark wine with more of a blackberry profile than a more traditional cherry. No matter, the black fruit was lightened up by some nice violet tones. Created a very balanced, impressive wine.

Flight 3 - Les Beaux Monts Flight (2 notes)

Red
1996 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
92 points
Opened for about 90 minutes before dinner. A cool and funky nose with some mushrooms, cherries, and roses. The palate was reserved at first...very tight, but it blossomed over the course of the night. By desert, the wine was firing on all cylinders. Beautiful.
Red
2002 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
95 points
Amazing nose of spicy red fruits...very Leroy. The palate was complex, textured, and deep. This had the typical '02 juiciness to the palate, but underneath the glossy exterior were layers of roses, mushrooms, minerals, and spice. Easy to get lost in the glass...

Flight 4 - Younger Burgundy Flight (2 notes)

Red
2006 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
94 points
Spicy, red-fruited nose was gorgeous and soft. The palate had the 2006 plushness to it but tons of character and depth. Loved the spicy/earthy red fruit with the wisps of roses. A compelling, complete wine.
Red
2011 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
93 points
I was so happy this didn't have any of the green notes I've picked up on with other producers. In fact, this had an extrodinarily beautiful nose packed with red fruits, floral notes, some mushrooms and spice. The palate was edgy and pure - just delicious! This got about an hour of air before I got to it, and I imagine it'll be a knockout with some age. A beautiful, young, Burgundy.

Flight 5 - Desert (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Albert Mann Gewurztraminer Furstentum Sélection de Grains Nobles France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
84 points
Love the producer, but found this to just be ok. The fruit was incredibly dense and perfumed, but it was clunky. Acidity just wasn't there.
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