La Paulée de SF Gala Dinner

Fairmont Hotel, SF CA

Tasted March 3, 2018 by Nanda with 213 views

Introduction

An epic night at the center of the Burgundy universe. This probably captures 90-95% of what I was poured at the Gala Dinner and Post Party. The generosity and love of Burgundy at the Gala is something to behold.

Flight 1 (45 notes)

White - Sparkling
1985 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill France, Champagne
Kick off to the La Paulee gala dinner. Gorgeous aged Champagne here. Broad and expansive palate with mature baked apple and loads of yeasty toast. A fine bead and still energetic.
White
2014 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
From Jero. Big toasty, smokey nose with rich orchard fruit and minerals. Great richness and sweetness while quite fresh and lively. More smoke with a medley of fruit - peach, pear, apple, white cherry, in the finish. 94-96
White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
95 points
Big nose of high toned white fruit. Terrific richness, concentration and layering. Long toast and mineral infused finish.
White
2002 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
flawed
Badly pre-moxed.
White
2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
A wow experience (one of many tonight). This is a mouthful of big, rich, dense orchard nd stone fruit. With epic amounts of concentration. Just seems so young and needing time in the cellar or time/attention in the glass over a few hours. Alas, tonight isn't the night to ponder a single wine over several hours. Serious upside from here.
White
2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
98 points
From magnum, and tasted immediately after the '10 Lafon Montrachet. I actually preferred this by a margin right now. This has the stuffing of the Montrachet but shows more expressive and precise today. Amazing depth and richness, with terrific focus. Crazy good.
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White
2001 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
94 points
Pretty classic Raveneau here with dense, chewy, smokey orchard fruit. Concentrated with plenty of taut acids providing lift and minerality. Terrific.
White
2009 Faiveley Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
93 points
From magnum poured by Erwan. The nose has dense, rich orchard fruit with a well-integrated matchstick note. Rich, concentrated and chewy on the palate. Well integrated toast, some hazelnut, and plenty of minerality. Dense, delicious, finish.
White
2008 Hubert Lamy Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
This was tighter and less expressive than some wines before it. Good rich fruit with lots of concentration. Just less nuanced and generous right now.
Rosé
2011 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis Œil de Perdrix France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis
90 points
Quite the curveball at the La Paulee Gala dinner amongst our Grand Cru white starters, but this was a real treat. Quite a substantial Rose with good power and freshness. Would love to revisit on a sunny summer day.
White
2005 Domaine d'Auvenay (Lalou Bize-Leroy) Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d'Or France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
99 points
A seriously stunning wine with massive proportion but amazing energy and brightness. Awesome concentration with decadently sweet and round fruit, while still tense and taut from acidity. This is liquid gold.
White
2009 Pierre Morey Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
90 points
Good richness and density, but this was a bit compact and closed in.
White
1989 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
94 points
Rich and luscious fruit with so much youthful freshness for a nearly 30 year old white burg. Maturing white fruit flavors and spice throughout. Delicious.
White
2004 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
From Jero. Great volume of rich, ripe and sweet orchard fruit. Long and powerful. Still fairly primary and quite generous.
Red
1991 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
95 points
Huge nose with layers of black cherry with earth/tar notes and loads of spice. This packed with almost creamy, round fruit with intense spice notes. Big flavor crescendo in the finish.
Red
1973 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Clos de la Roche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
92 points
The aromas here are ethereal with aged black fruit and smoked meat. Lighter on the palate but quite elegant with a silky, airy feel.
Red
2007 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Aromatics have some earth and funk. Extremely elegant, smooth and ethereal palate. A wine that commands focus to appreciate it ... and that wasn't the case at Paulee.
Red
2003 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
96 points
An epic nose of rich, leathery black cherry. Wow, so much rich, concentrated black cherry that is laced throughout with baking spice. Not at all hot or roasted. Likely the best '03 Burg I've tasted.
Red
2000 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
98 points
Preferred this to the '03 & '13 served side-by-side. Packed with so much earthy, leathery black cherry with intense smoke and spice throughout. Rich yet still velvety.
Red
2013 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Kind of a shame to drink this one so young, especially in the same flight as the '03 and '00, you can see how unevolved and primary this '13 is in comparison. Great density and concentration but lacking the roundness and layering of the older wines. 93+ in the future.
Red
1990 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
95 points
Stunning nose that goes on an on. Red cherries, florals and earth. Long, ethereal on the palate. Another wine that requires attention, and didn't get it on this night.
Red
1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
95 points
Mature dried fruit with intense earth, tar and spice on the nose. The palate has more dried black cherry with excellent brightness and lift in the finish.
Red
1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
99 points
This is logic defyingly youthful with an exuberant black cherry, earth and spice. Significantly more bright and fresh than the '88 tasted side by side. A wow palate with rich youthful powerful fruit with intense layers of spice. Big, sexy finish.
Red
2004 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
93 points
Yeah, no green meanies here. Next to the nearly perfect 90 and terrific 88, this was a bit of a step down. Bright black cherry and spice nose. Good roundness and lovely balance on the palate. Strong Vosne spice in the finish.
Red
2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
96 points
Intense layering and complexity. Still youthfully rich and expressive.
Red
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
100 points
I can't imagine a more complete wine. Even in the Paulee format, this wine has a gravitational pull that got my full attention for a few minutes. Sensational and striking amounts of Vosne spice throughout. Velvety, powerful black cherry. Goes on and on.
Red
2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
94 points
Tasted around the same time as the 96 and 01 LT. This was good but not at the level of those two wines. Great cherry and spice, just not as dramatically intense. Still a pretty special wine.
Red
1998 Domaine Leroy Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
100 points
A simply divine wine. Epic amounts of intense spice and herbs layered in with powerful yet silky black cherry. Great concentration of flamboyant fruit.
Red
1999 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
94 points
From magnum. Very impressive nose of plums, black cherry, florals and earth tones. Very good concentration and finessed tannin. Shows fairly young. Not at all out of place with the elite CdN Grand Crus.
Red
2007 Domaine Leroy Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
100 points
Another wine where the adjectives just won't provide justice. Sensational and striking nose with intense spice, sweet red and black cherry. Aromas are endless. The palate is so rich and creamy yet lithe. More intense, persistent spice and smoke notes throughout. Wow.
Red
1955 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
Impressive richness and liveliness for a 50+ year old wine. Very elegant and pure.
Red
1992 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
94 points
From magnum. Impressively young and quite primary. Rich black cherry and meaty spice nose. Palate is similarly young and dense.
Red
1959 Remoissenet Père et Fils Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
Pretty nose with dried cherry and black tea. Still has some freshness and brightness on the complex palate.
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Red
1998 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Lots of structure in this wine. Good richness and spice in the fruit.
Red
1999 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Only wish I had more time with this wine. Seemed somewhat brooding and shy at this stage.
Red
1992 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
From magnum. Very good sweetness and richness with Vosne spice. Surely benefited from large format.
Red
1988 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
From magnum. Wow aromatics of aged black cherries, meat and smoke. Has room to go, in large format anyway.
Red
1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
98 points
A wow nose with so much spice, smoke and incense layered into mature cherry and clay. The palate is rich and nearly creamy, which is hard to believe for a 30+ year old wine. Lifted and precise into a long finish.
Red
2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
94 points
Great potential, but this is quite brooding with dense red and black cherry. Lots of spice throughout. Certainly fun to drink, but better down the road.
Red
2002 Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
93 points
Drinking so well right now.
Red
2006 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Wound up rather tight and not as generous as the 00/03 Meo Richebourg tasted earlier in the evening. Good density and structure.
Red
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
93 points
Post party bonus bottle. Very expressive and delicious now.
Red
1995 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
92 points
Post party bonus bottle. Very expressive with good spice and smoke.
Red
1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
94 points
Post party bonus bottle. Delicious with so much rich black cherry and spice. Striking.
Red
1995 Gros Frère et Sœur Richebourg France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Post party bonus bottle. Moderate black cherry with some earth and spice. A bit angular.
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