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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Rare Wine Dinner: 2003 Burgundy Grand Crus, Twenty-Years On
Date Wednesday 22 March 2023 - Wednesday 22 March 2023
Time 19:00 - 22:30
Venue Salon II, Rosewood Hong Kong (18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)
Ticket HKD 18,800 per seat

Rare Wine Dinner: 2003 Burgundy Grand Crus, Twenty-Years On

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

2003 offered something of a prequel to the now frequent hot vintages that have become more the norm than the exception. At the time though the 2003 growing season was unprecedented. Vignerons looked back to years like 1947 to find parallels. A wet finish to 2002 provided a useful reserve of water, spring frost reduced the potential crop in some locations. Flowering was early and good, and summer was marked by heatwaves, and harvest began in mid-August, and Vignerons faced difficult decisions as sugars rose, acidities fell and phenolic development trailed. Pick early for freshness, pick later for phenolics, acidify or not, and how to adapt extraction and maturation?

As always there were successes. Checking in on 2003 at a horizontal tasting dinner in 2018, Linden found a lot to like. ‘Stylistically it can confound the Burgundy enthusiast who is usually looking for more delicacy. As someone commented at the dinner, this is a ‘Wanchai’ vintage. Its hedonistic for sure, though not lacking in complexity I think. Most of all it offers a great deal of appeal for current drinking.’

At the 20-year mark, it is time to check in on the top longer-term 2003 wines, to understand this vintage at its best. We focus exclusively at this small-scale dinner on grand crus from top estates, as Allen Meadows explains the vintage, its interplay with the climats we explore this evening. As the future looks more and more like 2003, this is a landmark vintage for the Burgundy enthusiast to understand.

Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2003 Domaine René et Vincent Dauvissat - Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 750ml
2003 Domaine Bonneau du Martray - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1500ml
2003 Domaine de la Romanée Conti - Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru 750ml (BH94)
2003 Domaine Anne Gros - Richebourg Grand Cru 750ml (BH92)
2003 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Echézeaux Grand Cru 750ml
2003 Domaine Comte de Vogüé - Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru (Ex Domaine) 750ml (BH 93-96)
2003 Domaine Georges Roumier - Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 750ml
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau - Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 750ml (BH94)
2003 Domaine Dugat-Py - Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 750ml (BH 93)
2003 Domaine des Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 750ml (BH 93)
2003 Domaine Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 1500ml
2003 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux - Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 750ml
2003 Domaine Faiveley - Clos des Cortons Faiveley Monopole Grand Cru 750ml (BH 93)

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