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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The Ultimate Grands Echézeaux Dinner
Date Thursday 21 April 2016 - Thursday 21 April 2016
Time 19:00 - 22:00
Venue Amuse Bouche
Ticket HKD 11,200 per person

The Ultimate Grands Echézeaux Dinner

Grands Echézeaux, as Allen Meadows explains in The Pearl of a the Cote – has a clay-infused soil type with fissured rock below 1 metre, that holds enough water in a drought to nourish the vines, yet drains freely enough in heavy rain that it is seldom water-logged either. ‘As a result, the vineyard is more consistent than most in producing quality raw materials.’

Though its quality has been known for centuries, its fame as a distinct wine label is comparatively recent – 100 years or so – because it used to be blended with Clos Vougeot, which used to be an easier name to sell.

As Allens argues elsewhere (Griotte-Chambertin for example), Grands Echézeaux today enjoys a very high reputation because of the quality of ownership, and is superior to its immediate neighbour Clos Veugeot.

‘A great Grands Echézeaux is a thing of beauty, combining raw power with robust muscle that is sleek and never coarse… it is also important to note that a fine Grands Echézeaux can be remarkably long-lived… Indeed, Aubert de Villaine has told me that the Domaine [de la Romanee-Conti]’s version may very well be its longest-lived wine and this would include Romanee-Conti.’

This evening we put this to the test with an extraordinary array of Grands Echézeaux, covering the great domaines and bottlers, as well as a catalogue of great vintages - ’90, ’85, ’78, ’62, ’59, ’49 – are all there, and in many cases we shall enjoy direct comparisons of two producers in the same vintage.

With Allen’s guidance this evening, this should prove a very enjoyable dinner ‘masterclass’ in Grands Echezeaux. (Last year’s Richebourg one sold out quickly, so don’t delay securing your seats).

Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1949 Remoissenet Pere & Fils - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 --
1959 Maison Leroy - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 93
1959 Domaine Colette Gros - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 94
1962 Domaine Georges Noellat - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 92
1962 Maison Joseph Drouhin - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 --
1970 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 89
1978 A. Ligeret - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 --
1978 Domaine Lamarche - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 --
1980 Domaine de la Romanee Conti - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 93
1985 Domaine du Clos Frantin - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 --
1990 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 93
1998 Domaine Laurent - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 1500 --
1998 Domaine Rene Engel - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 91
2008 Domaine d'Eugenie - Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 750 BH 94

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