Wine Auction at the Hospice de Beaune…


By Melba Allen

This is not only a very important charity auction, but also the moment in the year where predictions are made concerning the newest vintage.

The Hospice is a hospital created in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin and his wife, Guigone de Salin. It was one of the first of its kind catering to the sick and the poor during this period.  Barrels containing  228 liters (288 bottles of 75cl) of red, as well as white wines were auctioned off by the auction house Christie’s last Sunday. However, it was difficult to predict quality because of the absences of many of the large Burgundy Houses to the disappointment of many foreign buyers, including the Chinese. The barrels (called pieces) sold were from the 60 acres of vineyards of the Hospices located in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, and other donors.

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