Christie's Hospices de Beaune tasting: 2015 & 2016
Andy Howard MW reports...
Andy Howard MW reports...
Sales fall but still total second highest on record...
Domaine shrugs off bad weather to increase number of barrels...
Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune auction has seen sales top €8m, a record total for the third year in a row, but negociants warned the result was 'troubling' for the market.
The Hospices de Beaune is the world's oldest charity wine sale. It takes place annually in Beaune in Burgundy and has been hosted by Christie's auction house since 2005.
Each year different wines or 'cuvées' are entered into the auction all named after the benefactors who gave their vineyards to the Hospices de Beaune.
The wines will be offered 'en primeur' in barrels, or 'pièces' from that year's harvest and then tended by a négociant-éleveur before being bottled, one or two years after the sale, in the buyers choice of format. A barrel amounts to approximately 288 bottles or 24 cases of 12 bottles.
The auction takes place every year in November, with the 2014 auction number 154 in the history of Hospices de Beaune.
From his time there as a student to today co-hosting the annual charity auction, Beaune's beauty and hospitality has always captivated Anthony Hanson MW. Here he shares his tips for a memorable visit...
A new cuvee of white wine from Beaune has been added to the auction list at the upcoming Hospices de Beaune auction, providing a 'small but welcome' boost to the overall total number of lots for sale, up 20% compared to last year.
The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, is set to retire after the 2014 vintage.
This year's Hospices de Beaune auction has achieved a record sales total, raising over EUR6.3m, despite the smallest volume of wine on sale for three decades.
Bidders hoping for softer prices at this year's Hospices de Beaune auction, following a high sales total in 2012, could be disappointed judging by the mood during this week's preview tasting at Christie's London.
Experts who tasted the 43 wines from the recently harvested 2012 vintage – later auctioned at the Hospices de Beaune – were surprised at the high quality of the wines, in spite of bad weather conditions that lead to one of the smallest harvests ever.
The 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction yesterday resulted in its highest sale since 2000, raising nearly €6m, some half a million euros more than last year.
Former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will preside over the 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction next month.
Marks & Spencer has announced it is the first UK high-street retailer to buy eight barrels of wine at the Hospices de Beaune.
The 151st Hospices de Beaune auction took a higher total than last year – but prices were down overall.
The annual Hospices de Beaune barrel auction saw record prices paid as Burgundy merchants spoke of confidence returning to the market.
As the biggest weekend in the Burgundy calendar approaches, one expert suggested the Chinese would find great Burgundy affordable compared to top Bordeaux.
Next month’s Hospices de Beaune auction, the 150th, will provide an insight into Burgundy’s 2010 vintage. But what can buyers expect of the wine they are bidding on, and how is it made? Clive Coates MW explains
Organisers of the annual Hospices de Beaune auction are woong Chinese buyers for the first time with local tastings of the Burgundies slated for sale on 21 November.
Yesterday’s auction at the Hospices de Beaune took over €3m – less than last year but with a reduced number of barrels for sale.
As the Hospices de Beaune weekend gets into gear there is a good deal of speculation as to the outcome of tomorrow’s auction.
As Christie’s prepares to launch the annual Hospices de Beaune wine sale, the London-based auctioneer has released its impressions of the 2008 vintage.
The Hospices de Beaune, the world’s oldest charity wine auction, made a massive €4.29m at the weekend – 27% more than last year, and for less wine.
The directors of the annual Hospices de Beaune auction have signed a deal with Christie’s for the auction house to continue running its sales until 2010.
Prices of red and white Burgundy increased by 12% at last weekend’s Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges auction, held in Dijon.
This year’s Hospices de Beaune auction was marked by the spectacular prices achieved for white Burgundy.