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BEIJING, SHANGHAI AND HONG KONG WITH THE FINE WINE EXPERIENCE

Allen and Erica will be returning to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong for a series of extraordinary events organized and hosted by The Fine Wine Experience. We have had the honor of working with TFWE for a number of years now, and 2019 marks our exclusive arrangement solely with this incomparable company. We value the attention to detail, planning and organization that they put into each event to ensure the best possible experience for the participants.

For additional details and registration information and more, please visit The Fine Wine Experience’s website: http://www.finewineexperience.com/event

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE: When we come to Asia, while we appreciate the generous private invitations that come our way, we are flying in just for these events and returning promptly to the US. So we really hope to see you at one of the events listed below as that is the only time we can catch up with subscribers and wine enthusiasts. THESE EVENTS SELL OUT QUICKLY, so be sure to contact TFWE directly at events@finewineexperience.com with any questions.

FROM THE FINE WINE EXPERIENCE:

Many of these events are very small in scale, so we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Act now and contact TFWE via events@finewineexperience.com or +852 2803 0753 for booking.

We are thrilled to be able to now launch our Burghound Symposium 2019 programme. This intense, but varied collection of masterclasses and dinner events, combines fun with the chance to gain or to deepen your understanding of Burgundy. We are flying in leading Burgundy critic and writer Allen Meadows (and “Mrs. Burghound” too!) to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to lead events in this programme.

Allen Meadow’s 2019 China programme is exclusive to The Fine Wine Experience.

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.

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 combined!

The programme takes in a range of subjects with a nicely varied selection of cuisines at leading dining venues in three cities. Yet all this is scheduled within a short enough space of time, that both locals and international guests alike can schedule any selection of events, or indeed the entire programme into their diaries.

This year Edouard Parinet of Château du Moulin-à-Vent and Jean-Luc Pépin of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé who will join us to host their domaine-specific events.

The headline summary of events is listed below.

2019 BURGHOUND SYMPOSIUM: Beijing, Shanghai & Hong Kong

BEIJING

Wednesday, 13 March, Beijing

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru Vertical Dinner
‘La Tâche is perhaps the single most revered Burgundy, rivaling even the transcendent Romanée-Conti. La Tâche, a monopole of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, is fabulously expensive, but even the mere mention of its name causes wine lovers’ pulses to quicken. And some wine lovers will tell you that the greatest single bottle of wine they have ever tried was a vintage of La Tâche….

…When La Tâche is “on”, the sheer aromatic breadth dazzles the senses with its seductive complexity, velvety richness and extraordinary length. There is nothing in the world quite like it.’ – Allen Meadows, The Pearl of the Côte.

To appreciate the full revealed bloom of La Tâche, patience is required. That’s why tonight’s selection of 10 vintages spans four decades, with the youngest vintage selected being already 18 years old.

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 1972 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
2. 1976 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
3. 1982 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
4. 1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
5. 1989 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
6. 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
7. 1995 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
8. 1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
9. 2000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru
10. 2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru

Thursday, 14 March, Beijing

Burgundy’s Up and Coming Producers Wine Dinner
As leading specialists in fine Burgundy we are often asked by enthusiasts “who are the up and coming domaines?” The reasons for our answers can vary. Sometimes it’s because a new generation is shifting the style or improving the quality of existing wines. Sometimes it’s that a new domaine or maison has been created by a talented vigneron. Sometimes too these talents bring new life to vineyards that gain fame because of their work. Think, for example, how Marsannay is beginning to be better appreciated.

At this evening’s dinner, Allen Meadows, the world’s leading authority on Burgundy, will talk us through these selected wines from up and down the length of the Côte d’Or, as we discover some of Burgundy’s up and coming domaines.

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 2016 Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc ‘Clos du Château’
2. 2016 Domaine Benoît Ente Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Clos de la Truffiere’
3. 2016 Domaine Dublère Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
4. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot Pommard 1er Cru ‘Rugiens-Bas’
5. 2014 Domaine Coquard-Loison-Fleurot Echezeaux Grand Cru
6. 2016 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vougeot 1er Cru ‘Les Petits Vougeots’
7. 2015 Domaine Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Derrière la Grange’
8. 2015 Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St.-Denis 1er Cru ‘La Riotte’
9. 2014 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
10. 2015 Domaine Jean Fournier Marsannay ‘Trois Terres Vieilles Vignes’

SHANGHAI

Friday, 15 March, Shanghai

1990: Domaine Leroy & Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Wine Dinner
This evening we have the chance to enjoy ten wines from one of the most widely appreciated vintages of the late 20th century – 1990. Not only that, but all 10 examples are from leading grand cru vineyards and from two of the most exalted producers in Burgundy – the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy. For these two domaines, 1990 also marks an interesting period of transition between Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy’s establishment of Domaine Leroy in 1988, and the end of her co-management of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti alongside Aubert de Villaine in 1992. 5 examples from each domaine should be sufficient to give us a clear sense of the differences between the two domaines – in particular through Richebourg and Romanée-St.-Vivant which are represented this evening by both estate’s examples.

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 1990 Domaine Leroy – Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
2. 1990 Domaine Leroy – Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru
3. 1990 Domaine Leroy – Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
4. 1990 Domaine Leroy – Richebourg Grand Cru
5. 1990 Domaine Leroy – Romanée-St.-Vivant Grand Cru
6. 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Romanée-St.-Vivant Grand Cru
7. 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Richebourg Grand Cru
8. 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Échézeaux Grand Cru
9. 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Grands Échézeaux Grand Cru
10. 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – La Tâche Grand Cru

NEW EVENT ADDED!  Saturday, 16 March, Shanghai

Wine Luncheon: Domaine Launay Horiot – A Future Star In Person
In Xavier Horiot you see a calm yet determined man – goal-oriented with a sense of precision. It’s a personality that no doubt served him well as a software engineer, and before that as a fighter pilot in the French Air Force. It took him many years to win control of his family domaine – something many people told him he would not achieve. But he did – after several years in French family court.

In our view the wine world is better off because of his victory. To taste in his cellar is to experience bright, clear wines of specific terroir character. The Burgundy-loving wine community, smart as it is, we are sure will discover the superb quality emanating from Domaine Launay-Horiot and eagerly seek its wines. The domaine includes rare ownership of vines in Côte de Nuits grands crus vineyards Latricières-Chambertin and Chambertin itself. These are as wonderful as you might expect and will help gain him a following. But this is also a Pommard domaine, with some of the very best plots in the village – including a fine collection of 1er Crus. We can’t wait for you to taste them – for us they were a revelation.

So, please join us with Xavier Horiot himself and Allen Meadows, to learn about this future star domaine.

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Chambertin Grand Cru
2. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru
3. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens Bas
4. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc
5. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Pommard 1er Cru Les Chaponnières
6. 2016 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Pommard Les Perrière
7. 2015 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Pommard 1er Cru Les Chaponnières
8. 2015 Domaine Launay-Horiot – Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc

Saturday, 16 March, Shanghai

The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium Shanghai Gala Dinner
It’s no secret that Burgundy lovers are amongst the world’s most generous and fun people, right?! This generosity can be seen all over the world when Burgundy wine lovers meet to share bottles. The tradition is seen most famously in “La Paulée de Meursault” each November after the Hospices de Beaune wine auction, when Meursault producers and their international guests gather to feast, give thanks for the year’s harvest, and share great Burgundy wines. The hot ticket last year was a seat at our inaugural Shanghai Gala Dinner, an incredibly fun night. The format is very simple – if you love Burgundy and love to share, then bring your bottles of fine Burgundy wine, and share with friends, old and new. The Fine Wine Experience team and Allen and Erica Meadows will be there to share with you too.

HONG KONG

Wednesday, 20 March, Hong Kong

Wine Dinner: The Three Tenors of Gevrey: Griotte-Chambertin, Ruchottes-Chambertin & Mazis-Chambertin
This evening we have the fun opportunity to pit Gevrey-Chambertin’s three tenors side by side, grands crus Griotte-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, and Ruchottes-Chambertin. Each has its own voice, informed by factors of terroir that Allen Meadows will help us to understand better.

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 2006 Domaine Claude Dugat – Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
2. 1990 Domaine Joseph Roty – Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
3. 2006 Domaine Ponsot – Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
4. 2002 Maison Joseph Drouhin – Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
5. 2006 Domaine Fourrier – Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru
6. 2002 Domaine Armand Rousseau – Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
7. 2003 Domaine Dugat-Py – Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
8. 2002 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy – Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
9. 1990 Domaine Joseph Roty – Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
10. 2008 Domaine Perrot-Minot – Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
11. 2002 Domaine Armand Rousseau – Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
12. 2000 Domaine Georges Roumier – Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
13. 2008 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg – Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Thursday, 21 March, Hong Kong

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Grand Cru Vertical Dinner
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is one of the oldest family-owned estates in Burgundy, founded in the 15th century, lying in the heart of Chambolle-Musigny. It has always been most closely associated with the grand cru vineyard Musigny, being its largest owner, and that will be our focus for this evening’s dinner. Jean-Luc Pépin, who co-manages the estate, and Allen Meadows will help us understand this great domaine and terroir better, as we taste through ten vintages of the red – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, and two vintages of the white, that has always been made 100% from the Musigny vineyard – 2014 Bourgogne Blanc (as it was labelled from 1994 to 2014), and 1991 Musigny Blanc (as it was labelled until 1993, and since 2015).

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 2014 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Bourgogne Blanc
2. 1991 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Blanc
3. 1985 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
4. 1988 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
5. 1990 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
6. 1993 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
7. 1999 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
8. 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
9. 2003 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
10. 2005 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
11. 2009 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
12. 2010 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

**All of the bottles for this evening’s dinner have come directly from the domaine’s cellar.

Friday, 22 March, Hong Kong

Masterclass: The Role of Stems in Red Burgundy
The traditional approach in Burgundy reds was to harvest and ferment in whole bunches. The trend in the ’80 and ‘90s, made popular by Henri Jayer amongst others, was to completely de-stem all the fruit before fermentation – fermentation vats full of whole berry ‘caviar’. In more recent times the trend has moved back somewhat, with a renaissance of the idea of whole bunch ferments for a variety of perceived benefits, while others have adopted a partial whole bunch approach – varying the proportion of whole bunches used by vintage and by vineyard.
In this evening’s seminar Allen will delve into this subject with us as we taste leading examples from both sides – 6 producers who use at or near to 100% whole bunches, and 6 producers who 100% de-stem the fruit. The seminar is not so much about trying to decide which approach is superior – that’s a matter of personal taste, and both sides include some of the most exalted domaines of all. Rather, this evening we have the guided chance to explore the rationale for, and impact of each approach. This evening promises to deepen our understanding of Burgundy, in a fun and interactive tasting. NB – this masterclass does not include dinner.

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 2011 Domaine des Lambrays – Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
2. 2009 Château de la Tour – Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
3. 2015 Domaine Dujac – Morey St.-Denis
4. 2015 Domaine Prieuré-Roch – Ladoix ‘Le Cloud’
5. 2015 Chanterêves – Pommard ‘Les Trois Follots’
6. 2011 Domaine de Courcel – Pommard 1er Cru ‘Les Rugiens’
7. 2014 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy – Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
8. 2011 Domaine Jean Grivot – Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
9. 2015 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget – Vosne-Romanée
10. 2012 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod – Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Chatelots’
11. 2012 Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Rouge ‘Clos du Château’ Monopole
12. 2014 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard – Nuits-St.-Georges

Saturday, 23 March, Hong Kong

Masterclass Luncheon: Domaine Comte Georges De Vogüé, 2014 & 2002
Domaine Comte Georges De Vogüé is unique in its long history, tracing its beginnings to the 15th century with ownership passing through 20 generations to the present proprietors. In 1925, it was inherited by Comte Georges de Vogüé, who ran the domaine for 52 years, and is now owned by his granddaughters, Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette. It is managed by Eric de Bourgogne (vineyard), François Millet (winemaking), and Jean-Luc Pépin (commercial & administration).

During today’s lunch, Jean-Luc and Allen will put the spotlight on four wines in two vintages – the rare and coveted Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Amoureuses’, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, and the two cuvées coming exclusively from the Musigny grand cru vineyard – Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru (young vines), and Musigny (old vines).

WINES TO BE SERVED:
1. 2014 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
2. 2014 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Amoureuses’
3. 2014 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
4. 2014 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
5. 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
6. 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Amoureuses’
7. 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
8. 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – Musigny Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

**All of the bottles for this luncheon have come directly from the domaine’s cellar.

Saturday, 23 March, Hong Kong

The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium Hong Kong Gala Dinner
This Paulée style dinner has become the centerpiece of the Symposium – and an extremely memorable event. The dinner exemplifies the generosity, friendship, and natural sense to share the passion for these wines with others, so join The Fine Wine Experience team, Erica & Allen Meadows, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüe’s Jean-Luc Pépin and Château du Moulin-à-Vent’s Edouard Parinet for this very special night.

This dinner is a BYO Burgundy event – the chance to pull from the cellar your special bottles, mature rarities, and – especially – those large format bottles that were just made for nights like this. (Of course, if you need help, we have plenty of Burgundy available for you to purchase – just let us know and we’ll be sure to have you well equipped for the night.)

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