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Held on the third Sunday of November since 1859
A historic event with a great meaning to the people of Burgundy and to collectors worldwide
The Hospices de Beaune were created more than 550 years ago to provide care for the sick and shelter for the destitute. Thanks to generous benefactors, the Hospices today oversee a domaine of 61 hectares of mostly First and Great Growths. The domaine has become one of the most prestigious in Burgundy, a region whose Climats were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
For over a century, the historic Hospices de Beaune wine sale has given collectors the opportunity to discover exceptional red and white wines, including Beaune, Meursault, Échezeaux and Mazis-Chambertin. This year, more than 50 cuvées will be offered, with something to suit every taste and budget.
All proceeds from the sale benefit medical treatments at the Hospices de Beaune, and the maintenance of its historic listed buildings.
This year, the 158th Hospices de Beaune wine sale will take place on 18 November 2018, and represents a chance to acquire exceptional wines, to be part of a wonderful heritage, and to help the new hospital to offer its patients the best possible care.
THE HOSPICES DE BEAUNE DOMAINE
Reflecting a multitude of terroirs and burgundian generosity
Ever since the XVth century, men and women have been leaving their possessions and wealth to the Hospices de Beaune. In Burgundy, nothing being more precious than vines, it is from vineyard donations that the Domaine of the Hospices de Beaune has grown reflecting the multitude of great Burgundian terroirs and the generosity of its people. Out of respect for the donors, the Domain is managed with the most exacting drive for quality. This commitment is expressed by rigorous cultivation methods in the vineyards, always seeking to remain faithful to the great diversity of Burgundian soils. The auction, every third Sunday of November, enables local Burgundian buyers, and those who come from all corners of the globe, to express their generosity, by taking part in the sale.
85% of the Domaine consists of First Growths and Great Growths, which is an exceptionally high percentage. The vineyards are mainly located around Beaune (Auxey-Duresses, Beaune, Meursault, Monthelie, Pommard, Pernand-Vergelesses, Chassagne-Montrachet, Savigny-les- Beaune, Volnay, Saint Romain and now Santenay) due to the geographical position of the Hospital. They have such prestigious names as Beaune Clos des Avaux Premier Cru, Corton Grand Cru, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru…
The Hospices de Beaune own vines on the Cote de Nuits as well with the Grands Crus Mazis- Chambertin and Clos de la Roche,and also and in the Maconnais with parcels of Pouilly-Fuissé.
The average age of the vines is around 35 years. The production area being run by the Hospices is close to 60 hectares, of which 50 are used for Pinot Noir, the rest for Chardonnay. The cuvées are sometimes from single vineyards, and sometimes the result of harmonious assembling of grapes from different plots. This is a singularity of the Domaine, which contributes to the uniqueness of the range of wines being offered by the Hospices de Beaune.
The work in the vineyard is carried out by 23 individuals, known as vignerons, who are employed by the Hospices and working under the direction of Ludivine Griveau, Régisseur du domaine, wine-maker and manager since January 2015. Each vigneron is responsible for approximately 2,5 hectares of land. They respect their environment and limit the production of their vines in order best to express the typicity of the individual plots (the terroir).
Since 1995, carefully thought-through farming is practised: no herbicides are used, ploughing is done in summer and winter and all treatments are chosen with regard to them not endangering the natural biological equilibrium. Since 2008, almost all the grapes have been produced without the use of synthetic products, and according to the methods of biological viticulture.
Harvesting is done by hand, the grapes being transported in small cases to the new vat-house, where, since 1994, the winemaking takes place.
In 2012, important maintenance work has been done in the winery : modernized sorting tables, temperature control system for the fermentation tanks and since 2013, all the grapes are brought to the wineries via gravity, allowing the grapes to be directed with less handling , which improves its organoleptic characteristics and its cellaring potential.
THE “PIECES DES PRESIDENTS” OF THE 2018 WINE AUCTION AND THEIR CHARITIES
Since 1945, every year the Hospices de Beaune have lent their support to one or more charities by donating to them the proceeds raised from one barrel of wine, called “a pièce” in Burgundy, – the Pièce des Présidents.
The Pièce des Présidents from the 2018 harvest comes from the Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi appellation.
The Clos du Roi is one of the most majestic Climats of the Grands Crus from the magnificent Corton Hill. Since the sixteenth century, this wine was served at the royal Court, and became one of the royal properties from which its current name derives. Surrounded by Renardes, Bressandes and Perrières the Clos du Roi faces east and sits on top of the hillside, on a limestone bedrock.
The Hospices de Beaune owns about 0.85 ha of this Climat, with plots of about 20 to 45 years old. They constitute the Cuvée Baronne Du Baÿ. The Corton Clos du Roi plots were harvested in early September in superb, bright weather. The bunches were more or less average to small in size and the grapes were well aired. They were bursting with sugar, without being overripe and the skins contained promising tannins on tasting. These fruits were put in vatson the same day and maceration lasted for almost 3 weeks. That was the time required to extract the fruity and spicy aromas as well as tannins which were already round (because they were very ripe) and strong at the same time. This 2018 vintage seemed to be revealing a core of strong and rich Pinot Noir wines.
An exceptional barrel To continue the prestigious tradition of Tonnellerie Ermitage and mindful of the high quality oak barrels that they produce, in 2016 Sylvain Charlois created the La Grange Cooperage in homage to the oak and the craftsmanship of coopering, two symbols of French excellence.
It’s both a return to the source and an opportunity to work with an exceptional rawmaterial. La Grange manufactures a very limited quantity of oak barrels enabling them to carefully select the staves. For this Pièce des Présidents, the best staves have been selected from Saint-Palais, seasoned for 26 months in the open air and stacked in a specific way in a so called “chimney” formation, so the wood matures more evenly.
In this small cooperage where they are rediscovering the traditional manufacturing techniques of days gone by, the four master coopers who are privileged to make these unique barrels, allow themselves the luxury of taking their time to ply their trade in meticulous detail.
In 2018, the Hospices de Beaune have decided to donate the proceeds from the charity barrel to the three associations : Institut Pasteur, Asmae – Sister Emmanuelle Association and Association BAB.
A private, non-profit foundation with charitable status, created by Louis Pasteur in 1887 and opened in 1888, the Institut Pasteur is an internationally renowned biomedical research centre, with an international network of 33 institutes on every continent.
The Institut Pasteur brings together leading experts with cutting-edge science and technology in one place. Its open, collaborative and innovative approach is based on a unique organisational structure and the pursuit of excellence.
Infectious diseases, emerging viruses, antibiotic resistance, the immune system and microbial flora, stem cells, brain diseases, cancers…
In all these fields, researchers from the Institut Pasteur devote every day of their lives to improving our knowledge, to developing new preventive measures or developing innovative vaccines and therapeutic strategies.
The Institut Pasteur works to improve the health of everyone all over the world and will be represented on Sunday 18 November 2018 by the actress Nathalie Bayeand the writer and member of the French Academy Erik Orsenna.
The association Asmae, Sister Emmanuelle Association:
On 18 November 2018, the Asmae association will be represented by actress Alice Baglioni and actor, director and writer Pascal Elbé
In a 1901 law-association founded in 2007 by some friends around the main ideas of the Art-de-Vivre and hedonism. During the association’s creation, it was obvious for the founding members to deliver a message through the association.
That’s why its founding members unanimously decided to help children affected by leukaemia. In collaboration with the Professor Guy Leverger,chief of the Haematology-Oncology Paediatric service at the Hôpital Trousseau, the association organises actions im proving the quality of life for sick children and their family.
The aim is concretely to upgrade reception areas and living places. Their action count on public’s generosity and member’s commitment. This cause will be supported on 18 November 2018 by its fascinating godmother, Emmanuelle Béart.
Thanks to this event, the association will be able to develop other actions, such as the renovation of seven steril rooms.
The 158th Hospices de Beaune wine sale – Auction by Christie´s
Place de la Halle, Beaune, Burgundy, France
18 Nov, 2:30pm
The world leading auction house
In 2005 that the Hospices de Beaune chose Christie’s to organise the wine sale. The leading auction house has successively won the public consultations in 2007, 2012 and 2017 and are entrusted to organise future auctions.
In order to promote the sale internationally, Christie’s organises each year wine tastings all over the world. This year, wine tastings have been organised in several international capitals such as London, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Honk Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore as well as Paris and Beaune.
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