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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1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti Assortment Case Dinner

Tasting any wine from DRC is a treasured experience, but the chance to taste all of their wines, including the ultra-rare Montrachet, and from the same mature, ready to drink vintage is surely a very rare and covetable experience indeed. Add to that Allen Meadows expertise and guidance, and we have the perfect DRC experience.

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is often referred to by enthusiasts, and by almost all other Burgundians as The Domaine. DRC, as is it commonly known, has enjoyed unparalleled stewardship under Aubert de Villaine. This is combined with the finest collection of vineyard holdings in the Côte d’Or. In Echezéaux, Grands-Echezéaux, Romanée-St-Vivant and Richebourg, DRC already enjoys the largest share in each of these top level vineyards, but in addition, it owns exclusively, 100% of what many would argue are the top two vineyards in Vosne-Romanée – La Tâche and La Romanée-Conti.

Also, given the large holdings in each vineyard, DRC has many advantages, not least the opportunity to work with several barrels of the same wine, simplifying and offering greater flexibility in tending.

Finally, the domaine is both diligent and sensitive in its vineyard work, and strict in its selection. Parcels and barrels that don’t make the grade are declassified.

In 1996, the assortment case contained the following 12 bottles – 1 x Romanée-Conti, 3 x La Tâche, 2 x Richebourg, 3 x Romanée St Vivant, 1 Grands Echezéaux, and 2 Echezéaux. To this we have added 1 x extra Grands Echezéaux & 1 x Montrachet, so 14 bottles per table of 15 people.

Why 1996? DRC’s wines are slow to evolve. Twenty years since harvest has given these grands crus characters fully sufficient time to blossom and show full individual expression in the glass. Moreover, 1996 is known to be a particularly terroir-driven year. Good phenolic ripeness was achieved without excess heat, providing very fine, precise, detailed wines, where vineyard character comes to the fore.

Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Montrachet Grand Cru 750 BH 98
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Romanee Conti Grand Cru 750 BH 96
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Con - La Tache Grand Cru 750 BH 96
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Richebourg Grand Cru 750 BH 92
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru 750 BH 92
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 94
1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 91

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