BURGHOUND SYMPOSIUM

Burghound Symposium

Burghound Symposium 2016 - 20th to 23rd April 2016

We are thrilled to be able to now launch for sale our 2016 Allen Meadows Burghound Symposium. This intense, but varied collection of masterclasses and dinner events, combines fun with the chance to gain or deepen your understanding of Burgundy. We will fly leading Burgundy critic and writer Allen Meadows (and “Mrs Burghound too!) to Hong Kong to lead all of the events in this programme.

Allen Meadow’s 2016 programme in Hong Kong is exclusive to The Fine Wine Experience.

There is much to learn about this complex yet rewarding fine wine region, and 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.

But we have also spent many months meticulously sourcing just the right bottles – the right vineyards, vintages, and domaines with the right provenance – to show top level Burgundy in its diversity and depth.

Hedonism and learning combine! 

The programme takes in a range of subjects with a nicely varied selection of cuisines at leading Hong Kong dining venues. Yet all this is scheduled within a short enough space of time, that both Hong Kongers and international guests alike can schedule any selection of events, or indeed the entire programme into their diaries.

Many of these events are very small in scale, so we recommend you books early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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1991 Burgundy – 25 Years On

1991, the year that gave us hits from Nirvana, Metallica, R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and movies like Thelma & Louise, and My Own Private Idaho.

It also gave us a great Burgundy vintage. Now, 25 years later, we have the perfect snapshot in time in which to judge it, and try to appreciate its characteristics at full maturity.

Although a beautifully warm summer, with good conditions overall from the beginning of July through to harvest. But it was not without difficulties – frost in April (which beneficially reduced the potential crop), and hail affecting certain vineyards in June and August. Selection was important to avoid damaged fruit. Finally rain did affect the latter end of harvest, particularly the whites.

The whites enjoy a fairly mundane reputation overall – a lack of both concentration and snap. But we are not tasting ‘overall’ this evening. Rather we have about an exciting a line up of mature whites as could be imagined – all grand crus from the leading growers of the day and now fully evolved. I think they’ll be fascinating.

But to my palate it is the reds, especially the Cote de Nuits, where 1991 shines, and in some cases eclipses the more famous 1990 vintage. The 1991s don’t share the same brilliance of ripe fruit as the ‘90s, but they have a real intensity to them, and a more savoury component to balance their fruity side. This component seems to lend them a more ummami, appetising edge. Now, in 2016, we are seeing them in their apogee, in peak bloom. Fantastic!

Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1991 Coche Dury - Corton Charlemagne 750 BH 94
1991 Ramonet - Batard Montrachet 750 --
1991 Leflaive - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 750 BH 92
1991 Leflaive - Chevalier Montrachet 750 BH 92
1991 Michel Niellon - Chevalier Montrachet 750 BH 91
1991 Leroy - Richebourg 750 BH 93
1991 Leroy - Romanee St Vivant 750 BH 95
1991 DRC - Romanee St Vivant 750 BH 94
1991 Robert Arnoux - Romanee St Vivant 750 BH 91
1991 Louis Jadot - Romanee St Vivant 750 --
1991 Hubert Lignier - Clos de la Roche 750 BH 93
1991 Ponsot - Chambertin 750 --
1991 Joseph Roty - Mazis Chambertin 750 --
1991 Emmanuel Rouget - Vosne Romanee 1er Cru ‘Les Beaumonts’ 750 BH 90
1991 Domaine de Montille - Pommard 1er Cru ‘Rugiens’ 750 --

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