Every year, the Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy sell their wine production at a grand auction organised by Christie’s, an unmissable event for wine lovers with three days of festivities. The 2019 auction runs from 15–17 November.
On the third weekend of November, the wines of Burgundy kick off a three-day party in Beaune, celebrating the richness of the Burgundy vineyard with the ‘Trois Glorieuses’. An auction of wines from the Hospices de Beaune is the highlight. Amateurs and connoisseurs unite around cellar visits and tastings, while the Palais des Congrès in Beaune hosts the Great Wine Festival, an event gathering the hundred appellations that Burgundy boasts.
828 items for sale in 2018
For the 158th edition of the auction last year, 828 items from the Hospices’ vineyard were put on sale in the Grande Halle de Beaune on 18th November. As every year, the President’s item was auctioned for charity – and last year it was a 228-litre barrel from the Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi appellation, one of the most prestigious Grands Crus from Corton.
The Hospices’ vineyard was built using donations. Today it covers almost 60 hectares, 50 of which are given over to Pinot Noir and the rest to Chardonnay. Nearly 85% of the vines are made up of Premiers et Grands Crus, mainly around Beaune but also in Côte de Nuits and Mâconnais. The wines are the result of a harmonious blend of from different ‘climats’ (vineyards) and are named after the benefactors and donors of the vines.