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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RARE WINE DINNER: 1995 Burgundy Grand Crus, Twenty-Nine-Years On
Date Friday 12 April 2024 - Friday 12 April 2024
Time 19:00 - 22:00
Venue Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Bulgari Hotel Shanghai (Lane 108 North Shanxi Road, Shanghai)
Ticket HKD 29,800 per seat

RARE WINE DINNER: 1995 Burgundy Grand Crus, Twenty-Nine-Years On

with special guests | Erica & Allen Meadows

Twenty-five years is a great moment in time to assess the top-tier wines of any vintage, and this evening, we are looking back 25 years ago, to 1995….

OK, that math is now clearly wrong! We had originally planned to host this event in 2020, but we all remember what happened next. Happily these wines have been quietly maturing in ideal cellaring conditions since then, so this will be a 29-year look back at the vintage.

1995 was a vintage that recorded the second smallest crop of the decade after 1991, due to early bud break followed by snow and frost, difficulty with flowering and sporadic hail.

In Burgundy Vintages: A History from 1845 authors Allen Meadows and Doug Barzelay describe the growing conditions for 1995 as challenging, going on to suggest that ‘nonetheless, conditions existed for success, as stunning wines produced by Christophe Roumier attest. The better reds should continue to age well, as they remain quite firmly structured.’ (pg. 433).

This evening, 25 years on from that harvest, it’s time to check in on some of the very top wines produced that year - including that Roumier Bonnes-Mares. We will take a look at 13 top wines, get a sense for how ready now each one is, while also gaining that wider perspective on the style of the 1995 vintage that will come through as we taste each one with Allen Meadow’s expert guidance. Allen will reveal the elements in the 1995 growing season that give these wines their vintage personality, provide context for what estates were doing at that time and take us through each vineyard that’s represented.

1995 Domaine Leflaive - Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
1995 Domaine François Raveneau - Chablis Valmur Grand Cru
1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - La Tâche Grand Cru
1995 Domaine Méo-Camuzet - Richebourg Grand Cru
1995 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat - Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru
1995 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Echézeaux Grand Cru
1995 Bouchard Père et Fils - La Romanée Grand Cru, in Magnum
1995 Domaine Comte de Vogüé - Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, in Magnum
1995 Domaine Georges Roumier - Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
1995 Domaine Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes
1995 Domaine Armand Rousseau - Chambertin Grand Cru  
1995 Domaine Bachelet - Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes
1995 Domaine Leroy - Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

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