Burghound Symposium

Dear Fine Wine Enthusiasts, We are thrilled to be able to now launch The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium 2024 programme. This intense, but varied collection of masterclasses, rare wine dinners, and paulée-style galas combine fun with the chance to gain or to deepen our understanding of Burgundy. We are flying in leading Burgundy critic and writer Allen Meadows (and 'Mrs. Burghound' too!).

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 has been running annually since 2015 (with an intermission for the pandemic), and this year is our most extensive yet, beginning in Beijing, then Shanghai, then – for the first time – Bangkok, before finishing in Hong Kong. We are so looking forward to seeing you at these events! Allen will also be marking a very special birthday with us this during, so we hope you will join us in celebrating that!

We are also honoured to have this year Jean-Luc Pépin from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, Philippe Pacelet and his wife Monica Marcucci Pacalet from Pacelet joining us.

Tickets are limited at all events, and in the case of the small-scale rare wine dinners, very limited. We recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment - events@finewineexperience.com or call +852 2803 0753. The headline summary of events is listed below. Open the PDF attached for the full programme with the event wine lists and details, or read it online here.

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MASTERCLASS LUNCH: 1er Cru vineyards with Grand Crus Potential
Date Monday 15 April 2024 - Monday 15 April 2024
Time 12:00 - 14:30
Venue Café Wolseley, Anantara Siam Bangkok (155 Ratchadamri Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, Thailand)
Ticket HKD 3,800 per seat

MASTERCLASS LUNCH: 1er Cru vineyards with Grand Crus Potential

with special guests: Erica & Allen 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 the finest vineyards in Burgundy, so they are anyway worth our attention. But would you upgrade some, all, any, to grand cru status? Would Allen? Come find out.

2011 Domaine François Raveneau - Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Meursault 1er Cru ‘Les Perrières’
2020 Domaine du Cellier aux Moines - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Pucelles’
2017 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru ‘Les Caillerets’
2017 Domaine Yvon Clerget - Pommard 1er Cru ‘Rugiens’
2018 Domaine Fourrier - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Clos St.-Jacques’
2018 Domaine de Montille - Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Aux Malconsorts’ ‘Christiane’
2017 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Amoureuses’
2011 Domaine Henri Gouges - Nuits St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les St.-Georges’

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