Buried bottles unearthed for the Millennium

Buried bottles unearthed for the Millennium News Wine News
  • Thursday 12 April 2001

A treasure trove of old Burgundy which has lain hidden beneath Beaune for almost 40 years has finally been opened.

The wines were laid down in preparation for the Millennium in 1963 by André Boisseaux, president of the great négociant house Patriarche Père et Fils, in company with Canon Kir (pictured) of aperitif fame.

They sealed off a special created wine cellar containing the equivalent of more than 2,000 bottles from many of the best vineyards in Burgundy, including many grands and premières crus in the excellent 1959 vintage.

Three keys were needed to open the cellar: Patriarche retained one, the second was handed over to the Town Hall and the Hospices de Beaune was given the third to look after until the opening of the cache, which was scheduled to take place nearly four decades later at the Hospices de Beaune Auction in 2000.

On Friday November 17th 2000, the Millennium cellar at Beaune will be unlocked for visits where the 1959 wines will be made available for tasting.

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