Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction

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Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: each year, professionals, connoisseurs and wine lovers gather on the weekend of the third Sunday in November for festivities in the purest Burgundy tradition.

The Hospices de Beaune was created more than 550 years ago to provide care for the sick and shelter for the destitute. Thanks to generous benefactors, the Hospices today oversee a domain of 61 hectares of mostly First and Great Growths. The First and Great Growths Bordeaux wines include many of the world’s most expensive and famous wines.

For over a century, the historic Hospices de Beaune wine sale has allowed collectors to discover exceptional red and white wines, with all proceeds from the sale benefitting medical treatments at the Hospices de Beaune, and the maintenance of its historic listed buildings.

Every year, professionals, connoisseurs and wine lovers gather on the weekend of the third Sunday in November for festivities in true Burgundy tradition. Numerous events are organised during the weekend of festivities including street performances, traditional parade, gourmet village and half-marathon through the streets and vineyards of Beaune. Beaune’s great wine houses compete to be the most creative and organise prestigious tastings: wines from the Hospices, rare vintages, appellations from all over Burgundy and gourmet tastings are all on the menu. In Beaune and on the vineyard slopes, winemakers offer tastings of old and new vintages from their cellars. Gathered into wine-making brotherhoods, they organise gala dinners and inductions of new ambassadors of Burgundy wines.

The highlight of the weekend is organised by Christie's and takes place on Sunday afternoon in the Halles de Beaune. Wines are offered for sale from an estate made up of donations and bequest, the majority of which are classified as Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. This charity wine sale acts as an international barometer for the market in prestigious wines and brings together Beaune’s major trading houses and buyers from across the world.

Following the sale, a great candlelit dinner is held in the medieval stronghold of the Hôtel Dieu. Each year, the Hospices de Beaune support one or more charities represented by a personality from the world of arts and entertainment. The President's lot* is put up for sale in a traditional and picturesque manner, that is to say, by "candlelight", and the profits are donated to the charity supported.