Burghound Symposium

We are thrilled to be able to now launch The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium 2023 programme. This intense, but varied collection of masterclass, walkaround, and dinner events, combine fun with the chance to gain or to deepen your understanding of Burgundy. We are flying leading Burgundy critic and writer Allen Meadows (and 'Mrs. Burghound' too!) to Hong Kong, as well as a number of Burgundy producers, some familiar, some new.

There is much to learn about this complex yet rewarding fine wine region of Burgundy. Allen’s expertise, his complete fluency in the subject, and his ability to teach, to lead, and to moderate discussion offer much to both the novice and the experienced aficionado.

The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium ran in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, before our March 2020 programme was cancelled due to the arrival of Covid-19. So, we are thrilled to be back in March 2023! We are so looking forward to seeing you at these events!

So too are a number of Burgundy producers who are also flying in to Hong Kong to join us. We look forward to welcoming Antoine & Prune Amiot (Domaine Amiot-Servelle), Didier Amiot (Domaine Didier Amiot), Jean-Luc Pépin (Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé), Christophe Perrot-Minot & Marit Lindal (Domaine Perrot-Minot), Catharina & Guilhem Sadde (Les Horées), Bastian Wolber (Laisse Tomber), and Maxime Ullens (Domaine de Marzilly, Champagne).

Many of these events are very small in scale, so we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Act now and contact us via events@finewineexperience.com or +852 2803 0753 for booking.

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GROWER MASTERCLASS: Burgundy Rising Stars: Les Horées and Laisse Tomber
Date Saturday 25 March 2023 - Saturday 25 March 2023
Time 11:00 - 12:30
Venue Atrium, 39/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Pacific Place, 88 Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong
Ticket HKD 1,680 per seat

GROWER MASTERCLASS: Burgundy Rising Stars: Les Horées and Laisse Tomber

with special guests: Catharina & Guilhem Sadde and Bastian Wolber

In a land that has been famous for centuries for its wines, its specific well-known terroirs, and families that have owned and run domaines for generations, it can be refreshing when newcomers arrive from elsewhere.

Catharina Sadde is from Germany, where she had trained and worked as a chef. Having got the wine bug, she studied at Geisenheim and then for her masters in viticulture and oenology in Montpellier, before working at some very fine addresses during the 2010s – including Comte Armand, Marquis d’Angerville, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Cecile Tremblay – before embarking on her own in the 2019 vintage. With her French husband Guilhem, their tiny estate Les Horées – just 1.6ha – has already gained a reputation with the debut vintages 2019 and 2020. She is thoughtful, intuitive and precise in her approach, working along biodynamic principles and with minimal use of sulphur. Her wines have clarity and intensity. She works with Chardonnay, Aligoté, Pinot Noir and Gamay, but above all she loves to work the land. “Les Horées” is a reference to the Horae, ancient Greek goddesses governing time and the seasons.

Bastian Wolber, is also from Germany, from the wine producing region Baden where his younger brother Christoph has an estate. Bastian worked harvests in the Mosel, Alsace, before working at renowned Jura producer, Domaine Ganevat. After an unfortunate skateboarding accident left him unable to continue he returned to Baden where he made wine with grapes from there and from Burgundy. In 2020 he moved to Burgundy where he began full time work at Domaine Bizot, creating his own wine label, Laisse Tomber, meaning “leave it”, or “forget it”, but also literally “drop it” – a reference perhaps to that skateboarding accident, but also a nod to his relaxed and cheerful demeanour. By 2022 Laisse Tomber had grown to 2ha in total, with 1ha of this owned, and including a wide array of fruit and terroir – some Gamay, some Riesling, Aligoté, but largely Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or (though there is also a Spätburgunder from Baden!) Bastien works organically, with whole cluster for the reds, and minimal sulphur just at bottling.

Both Bastian and Catharina have been met with considerable interest and enthusiasm by Burgundy lovers. Come join us to meet them, and discover their wines and approaches.


Winelist will follow later.

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