Speaking Engagements

2017

ALLEN IN BURGUNDY – 12 JANUARY – 1 MARCH 2017
TEAM BURGHOUND IN ASIA – APRIL 2017 – This year we will be working exclusively with our friends at Domaine Wine Cellars in Taiwan and Fine Wine Experience in Hong Kong.  This will be our third consecutive year working with both of these exceptional companies.  They put on truly amazing events.  We can’t wait!  Note that many of these events have extremely limited seating so be sure to reserve early.   (And while we are grateful for invitations we receive while traveling, due to time constraints, we are not able to accept any invitations outside of the schedule planned below before returning to the US – so we hope to see you at one or more of these well-planned events!  Allen and Erica)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – with DOMAINE WINE CELLARS

Thursday, 13 April – Domaine Wine Cellars – The 1996 Domane de la Romanée Conti Assortment Case Dinner – No producer in Burgundy commands more attention or respect than Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.  The Domaine, blessed with the finest vineyard holdings in the region and led by the inimitable Aubert du Villaine, consistently produces the world’s most coveted and collectible wines.  We invite you to join us for this exclusive single-table dinner as we enjoy a 12-bottle OWC of DRC from the 1996 vintage along with a custom-designed menu.  Combined with Allen’s insights into the domaine and vineyards, this is sure to be the ultimate DRC experience.  For more information please email DRC@domaine.com.tw or visit http://domaine.com.tw/blogs/event/allen-meadows-2017.  

Wines to be Served
2003 Krug Brut (3)
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Romanée-Conti (1)
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche (3)
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Richebourg (2)
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée St Vivant (3)
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Grands Echezeaux (1)
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Echezeaux (2)
1996 Chateau d’Yquem (1)

Friday, 14 April – Domaine Wine Cellars – The 1999 Grand Cru Retrospective Dinner – 
For many Burgundy lovers 1999 has been one of the most sought after vintages of the last twenty years.  Now nearly eighteen years later, the 1999 Grand Crus are finally coming into their own, shedding some of their primary fruit and beginning to display the complexity that collectors have long anticipated.  Join Allen as we taste through nine of the finest Grand Crus from 1999, each made by an iconic producer from the appellation.  From Rousseau’s Chambertin to de Vogue’s Musigny to Méo-Camuzet’s Richebourg, this wine dinner promises to be the ultimate journey through the 1999 vintage.  For more information please email 1999@domaine.com.tw or visit http://domaine.com.tw/blogs/event/allen-meadows-2017

Wines to be Served
1999 Champagne Henriot, Cuvée de Enchanteleurs en Magnum
1999 Armand Rousseau, Chambertin Grand Cru
1999 Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
1999 Robert Groffier, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
1999 Comte Georges de Vogue, Musigny Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes
1999 Jean Grivot, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
1999 Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux Grand Cru
1999 Hudelot-Noellat, Romanée St Vivant Grand Cru
1999 Meo-Camuzet, Richebourg Grand Cru
1999 Bouchard Pere & Fils, La Romanée Grand Cru

Saturday, 15 April Afternoon – Domaine Wine Cellars – The Red Wines of Burgundy Masterclass  – The wines of Burgundy offer aficionados enough hedonistic satisfaction and intellectual challenge to last a lifetime.  The essence of this satisfaction and challenge lies in Burgundy’s rich diversity and precise delineation of its terroirs.  In the Red Wines of Burgundy Masterclass, Allen will take us on a journey through most of the major red wine producing villages of the Côte d’Or as we seek to understand the characteristics of each village’s terroir and their influence on the wines.  This rare opportunity to compare premier cru level wines from ten villages in a horizontal tasting of the excellent 2014 vintage will provide novice drinkers a comprehensive introduction to red Burgundies and intermediate and advanced drinkers a chance to explore villages that may have previously escaped their attention.  For more information please email masterclass@domaine.com.tw or visit http://domaine.com.tw/blogs/event/allen-meadows-2017.

Wines to be Served
2014 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Soeurs, Fixin 1er Cru
2014 Alain Burguet, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux
2014 Heresztyn-Mazzini, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes
2014 Felettig Gilbert et Christine, Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Lavrottes
2014 Georges Noellat, Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes
2014 Henri Gouges, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets St. Georges
2014 Louis Chenu, Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Clous
2014 Nicolas Rossignol, Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
2014 Nicolas Rossignol, Pommard 1er Cru Epenots
2014 Benjamin Leroux, Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Cave des Ducs

Saturday, 15 April Evening – Domaine Wine Cellars – La Paulée de Taipei – The original paulée, La Paulée de Meursault, is a festive event held in November as part of Les Trois Glorieuses and the Hospices de Beaune weekend.  It is a celebration of the end of grape harvest and a time for winemakers, cellar workers, field hands, and the community to come together.  Attendees bring out their best bottles of wine to share with their friends and family, and there is friendly competition to see who brings the rarest wines.  We invite you to join us at La Paulée de Taipei as we celebrate Allen’s third visit to Taiwan and share great Burgundy with one another.  For more information please email paulee@domaine.com.tw or visit http://domaine.com.tw/blogs/event/allen-meadows-2017.

HONG KONG – with FINE WINE EXPERIENCE – for more information visit http://www.finewineexperience.com or contact sales@finewineexperience.com

Wednesday, 19 April – Evening Dinner – Fine Wine Experience – Domaine Denis Mortet Chambertin Dinner – This intimate dinner will be hosted by Allen Meadows and special guest from the domaine, Laurence Mortet with a sole focus of the evening on a deep vertical of the illustrious and important vineyard, Chambertin.  While learning about the evolution of this grand cru in bottle, you will learn the story of this famous family domaine.  The Mortet parcel of Chambertin amounts to just four ouvrées, or 0.15 ha planted in 1955-1957 so you can see how rare this wine is.

Wines to be Served:
1985 Domaine Charles Mortet – Chambertin
1988 Domaine Charles Mortet – Chambertin
1989 Domaine Charles Mortet – Chambertin
1990 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
1991 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
1993 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
1995 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
1996 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
1999 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
2001 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
2002 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
2003 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
2005 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
2006 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin
2010 Domaine Denis Mortet – Chambertin

Thursday, 20 April – Evening Dinner – Fine Wine Experience – Henri Jayer & Associates – Henri Jayer (1922-2006) was the father of “modern Burgundy”, an advocate of maximum quality derived from low yields, careful selection and other winemaking philosophies to produce well-structured yet fruit-forward wines of great purity and concentration.  His Burgundies, already legendary in his own lifetime, have now become “unicorn wines” – an experience every Burgundy lover covets to have, yet a dwindling number will get the chance to appreciate as the finite remaining bottles dwindle.  This is truly a once in a lifetime event led by Allen Meadows and the current generation, Guillaume Rouget.  You will not only have the chance to discover and compare terroirs and vintages, but also the expression and interpretation delivered by Henri Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget and Jean-Nicolas Méo.

Wines to be served:
1985 Henri Jayer Richebourg
1990 Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux
1993 Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux
1982 Henri Jayer Echézeaux
1993 Henri Jayer Echézeaux
1980 Henri Jayer Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Meurgers
1985 Henri Jayer Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Meurgers
1990 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux
1993 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux
1990 Emmanuel Rouget Echézeaux
1996 Emmanuel Rouget Echézeaux
1996 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaumonts
1996 Méo-Camuzet Richebourg
1990 Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux
1996 Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux

Friday, 21 April – Lunch – Fine Wine Experience – Bouchard Père & Fils Beaune-Grèves L’Enfant Jesus Masterclass – Domaine Bouchard has supplied Fine Wine Experience with a remarkable vertical of wines direct from their historical cellars in Beaune.  This jewel of the Côte de Beaune is known for being rewarded by long-term cellaring.  Here is what Allen Meadows, who will host the masterclass, wrote about tasting the 1865 (yes EIGHTEEN sixty-five) in 2010:  “…some bricking but still bright ruby at the center.  The nose offers stunning elegance and incredible purity with aged aromas that are still vibrant and offer notes of spice, game and a touch of leather followed by remarkably powerful, indeed even muscular middle weight flavors that are superbly well balanced and wonderfully long.  With air, the flavors become noticeably less vigorous but there is no loss of complexity.  In sum, this is a simply incredible performance for a Beaune 1er.  Tasted thrice with consistent notes.”  Over lunch, participants will be able to discover for themselves the special qualities of this remarkable wine.

Wines to be served:  TBD

Friday, 21 April – Evening Dinner – Fine Wine Experience – Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin and Griotte-Chambertin – Claude Dugat is the winemaker of some of the most highly coveted Gevrey-Chambertins it is possible (and usually not possible) to buy.  He spends all of his time in his small vineyard parcels, alongside his beloved working horse Jonquille.  A visit to his ancient cellars (the oldest parts of which are Roman in origin) is to experience the extraordinary depth and natural, un-pushed concentration and dazzling fruit of his wines.  Everything tastes at least a step up from the appellation chalked on the barrel, but when you taste his Charmes-Chambertin and his Griotte-Chambertin, you can see the pinnacle of what can be achieved here.  To taste any of Dugat’s grands crus is a rare experience as there is very little made.  Yet to do so in the company of Allen Meadows and Claude Dugat (who will travel for his first time to Hong Kong) is Burglover nirvana.

Wines to be served:
1990 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
1993 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
1995 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
1995 Domaine Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin
1997 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
1997 Domaine Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin
1999 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
1999 Domaine Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin
2001 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
2001 Domaine Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin
2002 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
2002 Domaine Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin
2005 Domaine Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin
2005 Domaine Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin

Saturday, 22 April – Fine Wine Experience – THREE EVENTS:  A walk-around grand tasting and two masterclasses

Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting and Masterclasses – The walk-around tasting is a great opportunity to meet with leading Burgundy vignerons in person, and discuss their wines with them while you taste at your own pace.  Claude Dugat, Guillaume Rouget, Gérard Harmand and Charles van Canneryt will be on hand, along with The Fine Wine Experience team, showing an extensive range of ready to drink Burgundies from over 25 domaines.  The tasting includes a buffet light-lunch.  Please see the Fine Wine Experience website for the remarkable list of participating domaines.  www.finewineexperience.com

Masterclass 1:  12:30 pm – 2 pm Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis Chambertin tutored by Gérard Harmand – There is something to be said for small portfolio domaines that have only one grand cru in the portfolio.  They become specialists in it and it becomes their prized jewel.  If they are serious, like Gérard Harmand, then often you see the best possible expression of that terroir.  Formerly Domaine Lucien Geoffrey (Gérard’s father-in-law), the Harmand-Geoffrey label begins in 1990, the oldest vintage in the vertical tasting masterclass tutored by Gérard Harmand.  We will cover a range of vintage expressions, and be able to see the way this wine develops in bottle over a quarter century span.

Wines to be served:
1990 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin (Magnum)
1993 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
1999 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
2002 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
2003 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
2005 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
2008 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
2009 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin (Magnum)
2010 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin
2012 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin

Masterclass 2:  3:30 pm – 5 pm Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots tutored by Charles Van Canneyt – The premier cru Les Suchots vineyard is Vosne-Romanée’s largest and is bordered by Romanée-St.-Vivant, Richebourg and Echézeaux.  As Allen Meadows wrote, “when you find a really fine bottle of Suchots, it will offer a terrific drinking experience, it will almost always feature an utterly seductive and entirely classic Vosne nose of Asian spices that is complemented by an opulent richness on the mid-palate, delivering a certain fullness with absolutely no rusticity or hard edges on a finish of haunting length.”  Allen includes Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat in his list of top producers for this vineyard.  This masterclass includes vintages form one of Burgundy’s rising starts – Charles van Canneyt, who gained the keys to the estate in 2008.  His grandfather, Alain Hudelot, from whom he took over, was also highly regarded.  This masterclass will enlighten participants on this wonderful vineyard and its expression across a range of vintages spanning four decades.

Wines to be served:
1980 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
1983 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
1985 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
1999 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
2006 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
2008 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
2011 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
2012 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
2014 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Evening Paulée Gala Dinner – A repeat of the very popular Paulée-style Gala Dinner now in its third year! This is the centerpiece event in the Allen Meadows Burghound Symposium and participants will celebrate in traditional Burgundy paulée style as everyone shares bottles, magnums, jeroboams and more from personal cellars for old friends at our table and new friends around the room.  This event was a huge success when it premiered in 2015 and grew by 50% in 2006.  This year, to keep it to the right scale, numbers will be strictly capped so don’t delay securing your seats/tables as we anticipate this will be over-subscribed.  In addition to visitors from Europe, USA and across Asia, Allen Meadows will be in attendance as well as vignerons Laurence Mortet, Claude Dugat, Guillaume Rouget, Gérard Harmand, Charles van Canneyt.  It is a truly lovely aspect of Burgundy that this type of dinner exemplifies the generosity, friendship and natural sense to share their passion with others.  This is a BYO Burgundy event and a memorable way to cap several days of Burgundian events.

ALLEN IN BURGUNDY – 13 JUNE – 23 JULY 2017

JUNE 2017

Becky Wasserman & Co. Burghound Multi-Day Symposium – Burgundy, France – the last week of June, 2017 – Burgundy, France – This intensive program, with a focus this year on a wide variety of vintages, includes 4 ½ days with Allen and a variety of key winemakers, along with Becky Wasserman.  Each day the participants, (limited to less than a dozen!), will visit 2-3 domaines.  The first two days will be in the Côte de Beaune and the last two days will be in the Côte de Nuits.  There is always some informative time in the vineyard and lunches will be in local restaurants that are well-known to Becky and Allen and are highly regarded.  Each night there will be a Winemaker Dinner held at Becky’s farmhouse in Bouilland – providing an incredibly intimate opportunity for all.  The dinners are paired with the wines presented each night by the guest winemaker.  The meals will be excellent, the wines superb (and practically without limit) and the ambience is wonderfully informal.  There is one free night in the program when participants can dine anywhere on their own.  For information on the 2017 “vintage extravaganza” summer program, please contact: James Horwitz at xotravelusa@cs.com.

JULY 2017

International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) – McMinnville, Oregon – 28-30 July 2017 – Join us as Allen moderates a Friday and Saturday afternoon class at the popular “University of Pinot” with Burgundian vignerons.  More details to follow.  For more information visit or visit http://ipnc.org.

ALLEN IN BURGUNDY – 14 OCTOBER – 28 NOVEMBER 2017

 

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