Below this overview of the Hospices de Beaune auction are listings of the 45?Hospices de Beaunecuvées.
Since 1859 the town of?Beaune?has hosted an annual charity wine auction known as the?Hospices de Beaune. The event is held on the third Sunday of November at the charity’s headquarters, the?H?tel-Dieu, a fifteenth-century hospice famous for its extravagantly tiled roof. All profits go to supporting the Hospices and its charity work. The organization was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins (both of whom have a Hospices de Beaune wine named after them) and has operated uninterrupted for more than the 560 years since. The increasing size of the auction has now led to independent auction specialists being contracted to run the auction. Christie's have been the preferred partner since 2005, and have now extended the auction sales to China, with invitation-only tastings in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The charity’s core asset, other than the H?tel-Dieu building itself, are its local vineyard holdings. Over the centuries many prime vineyard sites have been added to the charity’s inventory (including land in such famous Grand Cru sites as?Clos de la Roche,?Mazis-Chambertin?and?Corton). Grapes harvested from the Hospice’s vines every vintage are made into 45 distinct cuvees (32 red and 13 white). These are sold 'en primeur', just weeks after vintage, and are shipped to the?négociant-éleveur?before 15th January of the following year. There they remain for barrel ageing, bottling and eventually distribution to the buyer (acquéreur), whose name typically appears on the label alongside that of the?négociant-éleveur.
Like any good wine from Burgundy, the wines’ value increases steadily for many years after the initial purchase. Below are listed the 45 Hospices de Beaune cuvees, some dating back to the 1940s. Click on the links to see where in the world the wines are being sold, and for how much.