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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MASTERCLASS: 1er Cru vineyards with Grands Crus Potential
Date Saturday 25 March 2023 - Saturday 25 March 2023
Time 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Atrium, 39/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Pacific Place, 88 Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong
Ticket HKD 2,980 per seat

MASTERCLASS: 1er Cru vineyards with Grands Crus Potential

with special guests: Mr. Burghound Allen Meadows & Mrs. Burghound Erica Meadows


Are there 1er crus that could be upgraded to grand cru? It’s a question Burgundy enthusiasts enjoy exploring, and today we shall do so, led by Allen Meadows, glasses in front of us.

At first glance, the hierarchy of Burgundy vineyards seems static – sacrosanct even. It’s true that it doesn’t change much – most of the hierarchy was translated into AOC law in the mid-1930s and remains unchanged. But there have been upgrades from 1er Cru to Grand Cru over the years – Clos des Lambrays in 1981 and La Grande Rue in 1992, spring to mind. And then there were villages that – for a range of reasons – got no grand crus at all back in the ‘30s – Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, and Nuits-St-Georges.

Certainly our selection of contenders (some already in process for upgrade) rank amongst some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy, so anyway worth our attention. Would you upgrade some, all, any? Would Allen? Come find out.

Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2017 Domaine Armand Heitz - Meursault 1er Cru ‘Les Perrières’ 750ml (BH93)
2013 Domaine Francois Raveneau - Chablis 1er Cru ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ 750ml (BH92)
2019 Domaine Launay-Horiot - Pommard 1er Cru ‘Rugiens Bas’ 750ml (BH 93)
2016 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru ‘Clos des Ducs’ 750ml (BH93-95)
2014 Domaine Robert Groffier - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Amoureuses’ 750ml
2013 Domaine de Montille - Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Aux Malconsorts’ ‘Christiane’ 750ml (BH92-95)
2017 Domaine Robert Chevillon - Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les St-Georges’ 750ml (BH92-95)
2010 Domaine Machard de Gramont - Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Gaudichots’ 750ml
2008 Domaine Fourrier - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Clos St Jacques’ 750ml

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