When in 1443 Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to Philippe Le Bon, Duke of Burgundy, with his wife Guigone de Salins founded the Hospices de Beaune to care for the poor, this was, perhaps, the first example of philanthropic care anywhere. Over the centuries numerous donations of vineyards have made the Hospices one of the most important vineyard owners in Burgundy. The wines made from these lands are sold every year at the most famous charity wine auction in the world. Each year, wine professionals and connoisseurs gather in Beaune on the weekend of the third Sunday in November for the purest of Burgundian traditions. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund Beaune’s General Hospital and supporting the ongoing preservation of the Hospices building, now classified as a national monument.
This lovely mixed case includes 3 bottles of each PLUS GROUND SHIPPING INCLUDED:
Hospice de Beaune Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Cuvee Gauvin 2013
2013 was a difficult harvest for the folks at the Hospices de Beaune. Many of their vineyards are in the zone that suffered hail damage. But for the vineyards that escaped unscathed, the results were fabulous. And such is the case with ‘our’ Volnay-Santenots. There is a deep complexity here, toasty and spicy, with structure meant to last. It’s fleshy, dense and round. A luscious glass of wine that makes you want more.
Hospices de Beaune 1er Cru 'Cuvee Pierre Floquet' 2016
One of the dreams of any Burgundy lover is to one day raise a paddle at the Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction and buy a legend. The Beaune-Greve premiere cru Cuvee Pierre Floquet is 1.8 acres in the heart of the prestigious Beaune-Greve. Brisk purple. Concentrated fruit on the nose, with a sense of the power to come. The Grèves vineyard offers density of both red and black fruit. This is naturally one of the more tannic wines, with ripe fruit backed by enough acidity, a fine structure here for at least medium term ageing.
Hospices de Beaune Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Cuvee Jehan de Massol 2017
Focused notes of cherries, violets, lavender, subtle tones of allspice, cinnamon; sensuous, highly structured, but elegant palate with a silky, satin-like texture… ripe red cherries, seriously sophisticated.
Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru 'Dames Hospitalieres' 2018
A youthful rich purple color and a pleasing floral bouquet gives way to generous fine fruit and fine tannins right through from attack, mid-palate and on to a long, elegant finish. Ethereal Burgundy.