The Hospices de Beaune


On Friday afternoon we hot footed it back to Beaune to meet up with Meursault producer, Vincent Bouzereau, at the Hospices de Beaune barrel tasting.

I’d better explain what this is all about.

Every year since 1851 a charity auction takes place in Beaune on the third Sunday of November on behalf of the Hospices de Beaune.

Over the centuries people have bequeathed parcels of vineyards to the Hospices and the produce of these vineyards are auctioned by the barrel. The event creates interest from collectors and traders around the world and although the wines are usually sold for inflated prices, it does serve as a marker for both the quality and eventual bulk price for wines of that year.

Everybody can taste the wines that will be auctioned and although it was a bit of a bun-fight it was quite clear that 2005 will go down as a year of high quality.


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