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: Appreciating the Often Overlooked 1er Crus of Nuits-St.-Georges
Date Saturday 13 April 2024 - Saturday 13 April 2024
Time 14:00 - 15:30
Venue The Sukhothai Shanghai (380 Weihai Road, The Sukhothai Shanghai, Jing'an District, Shanghai)
Ticket HKD 3,280 per seat

MASTERCLASS: Appreciating the Often Overlooked 1er Crus of Nuits-St.-Georges

with special guests: Erica & Allen Meadows

Nuits-St.-Georges is one of the most important but perhaps least well understood villages in the Côte de Nuits. Tasted blind it is sometimes mistaken for Gevrey-Chambertin given its typical fullness of fruit, tannin and mouthfeel. But it also suffers in reputation (increasingly unfairly) for being a bit rustic in style. It hasn’t helped too that the village has no grand crus like its northerly neighbours (though there has been a move to change that for Les St. Georges) from which the village can bask in reflected glory.

Yet to taste through 12 examples of different 1er crus from the very best domaines, as we shall do today, guided by expert Allen Meadows, is to discover wines as qualitatively deserving of their status as any (and yet often at a lower price than those from Chambolle, or Vosne for example).

Part of the issue to understanding Nuits-St.-Georges is actually its diversity. The town is large enough to divide the vineyards south (as we drive up the D974) and north. Indeed “Nuits-St.-Georges” actually begins with vineyards belonging to the village of Premeaux, including J.-F. Mugnier’s ‘Clos de la Maréchale’. Pushing against the border of Vosne-Romanée at ‘Aux Boudots’ at the northern limit we are a world away, and to taste blind you would be more likely to guess Vosne than Gevrey (if you didn’t get it right of course!).

Today’s 12 premier crus carefully span the full breadth of the appellation north to south, and a broad spectrum of terroirs along the way. All of this will be expertly unpacked by Allen and by the finish we will understand the complexity of Nuit-St.-George’s best wines, as well as understanding why Burgundy connoisseurs have already long since gravitated here.

2011 Domaine Méo-Camuzet - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Aux Boudots’
2010 Domaine de la Vougeraie - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Damodes’
2011 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Cras’
2011 Domaine Perrot-Minot - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘La Richemone’
2013 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Aux Murgers’
2013 Domaine Mugneret Gibourg - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Chaignots’
2011 Domaine Henri Gouges - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Pruliers’
2011 Domaine Grivot - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Roncière’
2011 Domaine Chevillon - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Vaucrains’  
2011 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les St. Georges’
2011 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos de la Maréchale’
2016 Domaine Prieuré Roch - Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos des Argillières’

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