Hospice de Beaune Wines
A brief history of the Hospice de Beaune
Hospice de Beaune was a medieval hospital that was built in 1443. The first gift of a vineyard was presented to the Hospices de Beaune as a 'thank you' in 1457. This noble tradition continued for another five centuries. Today, the 'hospital' has around 60 hectares in some of Burgundy's most prized Premier and Grand Cru vineyards.
From around 1859, an auction of these wines was held in the hospital to raise funds for the hospital's equipment and the conservation of the surrounding buildings. The sale, now organised by Christie's auction house, has become the most famous wine charity auction in the world.
Going once, going twice... sold to Xenia Irwin MW
The auction which is always held on the third Sunday in November is an amazing event and tickets to the auction are like gold dust. Working with famed Burgundy producer Louis Lator, Waitrose & Partners wine buyer and Master of Wine Xenia Irwin was successful in her bids for 2 precious barrels of wine.
What happens next
The 2 barrels were shipped off to the hallowed cellars of Louis Lator. Over the next 18 months they matured under the watchful eye of winemaker supremo Jean Charles Thomas. When he gave the word, bottling began in late spring 2018 and the wine arrived in the UK in winter 2018.
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