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Masterclass: The role of stems in red Burgundy

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Masterclass: The role of stems in red Burgundy
Masterclass: The role of stems in red Burgundy


22 Mar 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Fine Wine Experience, Shop A, G/F, 165-166 Connaught Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong



MASTERCLASS: The role of stems in red Burgundy with special guest: Allen Meadows


Date: Friday 22 March 2019

Time: 18:30 - 20:00

Venue: The Fine Wine Experience Shop

(Shop A, 165-166 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong)

Ticket: HKD 1,500 per seat


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.



2011 Domaine des Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

2009 Château de la Tour - Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

2015 Domaine Dujac - Morey St.-Denis

2015 Domaine Prieuré-Roch - Ladoix ‘Le Cloud’

2015 Chanterêves - Pommard ‘Les Trois Follots’

2011 Domaine de Courcel - Pommard 1er Cru ‘Les Rugiens’

2014 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy - Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

2011 Domaine Jean Grivot - Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

2015 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Vosne-Romanée

2012 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod - Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Chatelots’

2012 Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Rouge ‘Clos du Château’ Monopole

2014 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard - Nuits-St.-Georges


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