Alan's Vosne Romanee Birthday at BOKA

BOKA Restaurant, Chicago IL

Tasted October 23, 2009 by MatthewF with 671 views

Introduction

A small group of us met to celebrate our friend Alan's birthday at Boka restaurant in Chicago, IL. The theme was wines from Vosne Romanee, all of which were paired with Giuseppe Tentori's always fantastic food

Flight 1 - Some opening bubbles (1 note)

White - Sparkling
1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon France, Champagne
Toasty citrus nose with some baked apple as well. Great texture with fantastic minerality and acidity. Clearly needs time to turn into something fantastic, but still showing great and a pleasure to drink.

Flight 2 - White Flight (3 notes)

White
1994 Louis Jadot Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
Fresh citrus on the nose with a lot of mineral and a bit of wood spice. Tart citrus (mostly lemon) on the palate with a huge mineral backbone. A bit of spice on the backend. Great acidity. Showing much younger than it is.
White
2003 Louis Jadot Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
Waxy, lemon custard nose with some fresh fennel notes. Vibrant, lush citrus and tropical fruit palate. A touch of grilled pineapple on both the nose and palate as well. Good minerality with a long finish.
White
1994 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
flawed
Boo! Totally oxidized.

Flight 3 - Beaux Monts Flight (3 notes)

Red
1993 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Ripe, dark red raspberry with some bacon and sweet baking spice on the nose. Fantastic texture and sweet fruit on the palate with a lot of spice on the backend. Extremely long finish. The wine kept getting more and more expressive over the course of three hours.
Red
1993 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Dark "chewy' fruit nose with a good bit of damp earth and wet leaves. Some powerful spice as well. Ripe, forward fruit on the palate with nice texture. Very good length and showing nicely as first; it started fading a bit after an hour or so.
Red
1995 Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Darker red berry and plum, with some leather and a good bit of spice. Medium bodied with good length and texture. Nice spice throughout.

Flight 4 - DRC RSV Flight (4 notes)

Red
1973 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Beautiful dried red fruit with a brown sugar/burnt orange character. A slight minty note as well. Also a bit of tomato leaf. Nice palate; no hard edges. Decent fruit on the palate with some good length. A pleasure to drink.
Red
1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Beautiful dark red berry nose with leather, smoke, and a lot of sweet spice. A good bit of mineral as well. Great texture on the palate though not as fruit forward as I was expecting. Started somewhat lean and mineral driven at first; the fruit and spice really started coming out about an hour later. Great grip with a fantastic mineral backbone and great acidity. Wonderful
Red
1993 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Darker red berry fruits than the '90. Some wet earth, lots of sweet dark spice and a touch of chocolate and tobacco. Very ripe fruit on the palate with a lot of density and spice throughout. Great length here. Wonderful.
Red
1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Very fragrant red berry and violet nose and palate. Some soy/hoisin and asian spice notes as well. Fantastic on the palate with very fine tannin. Long finish. Absolutely beautiful.

Flight 5 - DRC/Leroy RSV Head to Head (2 notes)

Red
2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Much bigger nose than the Leroy served alongside. Dark red berries, bacon, rich soy sauce, sweet baking spice. Ripe palate, great texture and length. A very big wine. Absolutely fantastic.
Red
2000 Domaine Leroy Romanée St. Vivant France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru
Tons of perfume on the nose. Dark red fruit and floral notes with a little bit of bacon and fantastic baking spice notes. Great body on the palate with delicate, yet powerful, fruit and a mineral backbone. Very long finish. Absolutely delicious.

Flight 6 - A few other goodies to round out the evening. (3 notes)

Red
1993 Bouchard Père et Fils La Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Romanée Grand Cru
A red berry and asian spice nose. Wet leaves, soy, delicate spice. Lots of mineral leading on the palate with good fruit and acid as well. Great texture with a long finish.
Red
1998 Bouchard Père et Fils La Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Romanée Grand Cru
Beautiful red berry, floral, spice, and soy notes on the nose. Silky palate with just a bit of tannin remaining on the backend. Gorgeous spice throughout and beautiful minerality.
Red
2004 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
Huge nose. Loads of dark raspberry, smoke, bacon, sweet baking spice with a heavy dose of sulphur in the beginning. Wet earth/leaves also. Big, sappy palate that the fruit and spice carries through on. An interesting wine though a bit out of place in this flight.

Flight 7 - And something sweet... (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Vin de Paille France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Deep amber color with a nose dominated by burnt/bitter orange peel and yellow flowers. The palate is also dominated by orange type flavors. Lots of body and really coats the palate. Nice spice as well. Very long finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Sélection de Grains Nobles France, Alsace
Light golden color with a mainly lemon peel nose with some wet stone and floral as well. A beautiful palate with great acidity, minerality, and length, but very dry in style for a SGN. I didn't view it as a dessert wine, but loved it nevertheless.

Closing

A fantastic night of great wine, great food, and great friends

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