Live Auction: 20 November 2022 • 2:30 PM CET • Beaune

162e Vente des Vins des Hospices de Beaune 20 November 2022 • 2:30 PM CET • Beaune

S otheby’s is delighted to present the 162nd Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction, to be held at the Halles de Beaune on 20 November 2022. Taking place, as is tradition, on the third Sunday in November, this is the world’s oldest charity auction and most renowned wine auction.

As part of Les Trois Glorieuses, the annual Hospices auction now represents the pinnacle of the calendar in Burgundy and has become a vastly important cultural phenomenon in the region. Frequently comprising 51 different Cuvées, the wine auction not only raises important funds to be invested in the medical equipment and the modernisation of the hospital institution in the South Côte d’Or territory, but also for service and care of the local community.

Hospices de Beaune 2021 – Tasting Notes

The 51 Cuvées

The Hospices de Beaune vineyards span over 60 hectares across Burgundy, mainly in Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, but spanning from Mâconnais in the South, to Chablis in the North of the Burgundy wine region.

The Domaine has been built up over the years and centuries by successive donations, making it now one of the most renowned vineyards of Burgundy, with 80% of the Cuvées composed of Premier Crus and Grand Crus.

Every year, on the third Sunday of November, the harvest of the season is sold at auction in barrels. The wine then has to be aged for 18 to 24 month with a local négociant-éleveur before bottling.

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The vast majority of the Hospices de Beaune Cuvées are located in Côte-de-Beaune or Côte-de-Nuits. It is important to note that two other very important Cuvées are located in Chablis and in the Mâconnais.

These are:

- Pouilly-Fuissé, Cuvée Françoise Poisard
- Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet, Cuvée Jean-Marc Brocard

In keeping with its founding values, all proceeds from the annual Hospices de Beaune auction continue to support the upkeep of the organisation’s hospitals. In addition, the proceeds for one particular barrel, the Pièce des Présidents, are donated by the Hospices de Beaune to a specially nominated charity every year.



Map courtesy of the authors Laurent Gotti & Sylvain Pitiot

2022 Harvest at the Hospices de Beaune, by Jasper Morris MW

A beautiful and bountiful vintage

We may have to go as far back as 1999 to discover another such vintage which has been generous in quantity and very fine in quality in equal measure, and for both the chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. Nature has delivered a kind recompense after the small crop and difficult growing season of 2021.

The vines like to be generous after a short harvest, and there was a plentiful setting of fruit at the outset – as long as there would be no frost damage this year. In fact, though temperatures did drop below freezing once again in early April, particularly the 4th and 10th, there was little or no damage in the Côte d’Or. Though not enormous, there was sufficient rainfall also through the winter and spring to replenish the aquifers.

Flowering passed off in good conditions, confirming the potential for a large crop as long as there would not be any weather induced accidents further down the road. Harvest dates could be projected for just about the same time as 2020, in other words exceptionally early, starting shortly after mid-August for the earliest areas. June began mostly hot and certainly dry, raising thoughts of drought conditions after all.

However, unlike the three hot dry summers of 2018-2020, there was much more of a westerly airflow in place, with occasional bursts of heat from the south, notably over the weekend of 18th-19th June, leading to storms which were especially violent in the Côte de Nuits on Monday 21st. The wet weather continued for the rest of the week and through to the following Monday: inconvenient for those who needed to get into the vineyard for their regular spraying problem, but the storms were less violent and the volume of rain which fell an absolute boon, given the history of drought from 2018 to 2020.

The first half of July was mostly sunny, without excessive heat, and with noticeably cool nights for the time of the year. Then came the heatwave which affected much of Europe and the South-West of France especially – but happily, not nearly so much in Burgundy. The duration was really just two days, 18th and 19th July, with a reprise on 3rd and 4th August, and temperatures remained below 40°C, with a return to more manageable warmth thereafter. Overall statistics suggest a very hot summer, but this was more because July and August were uniformly sunny than that there were damaging spikes of heat. Nights mostly remained cool, which creates pressure from oidium, but treatment through spraying was easy to manage in the dry conditions.

The véraison, when the grapes change colour, came a little more slowly than expected, pushing back harvest dates and enabling the grapes to get closer to the ideal of 100 days of hangtime between flowering (at the very start of June) and the harvest than had been possible in 2018 or 2020.

The Harvest & Vinification

Régisseur Ludivine Griveau appeared relaxed and cheerful on the eve of harvest, which began for the Hospices de Beaune with Pouilly-Fuissé on Thursday 25th August, with the main harvest following from Monday 29th. The harvest weather was hot and fine to begin with then cooler with occasional showers which were not disruptive. Picking continued through to 16th September for St-Romain, making this the most extended harvest for over twenty years at the Hospices, made possible by the slow and steady ripening profile of this vintage.

The grapes remained healthy, so there was less work than usual on the three sorting tables which are part of the meticulous management at the Hospices de Beaune winery. Fermentations got under way without difficulty and have progressed satisfactorily, the red grapes releasing their colour and beautiful aromatic qualities. Sugar levels are not unduly elevated this year, between 12.5% and 13.5% for the most part. Tannins are plentiful but ripe, while the acidity is almost entirely tartaric with very little malic, and thus will remain stable in the eventual wines. The white wines are showing a density of fruit which promises well.

Following the principle introduced in 2021, the wines will be matured in new barrels from a wider range of coopers than was previously the case, so that the style of the wine can be matched to the special qualities provided by different provenances of wood. Tonnellerie Damy remain the supplier for the white wines with François Frères, Ermitage, Cadus, Billon and Taransaud providing the barrels for the red wines.

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Pièce des Présidents

An important lot, called the Pièce des Présidents, is included in the Hospices de Beaune wine auction and represents its charitable vocation.

This lot consists of one entire barrel of an exceptional wine, donated by the Hospices de Beaune and sold for the benefit of charitable associations.

For the 162nd edition, the Hospices de Beaune are offering for sale a unique, exceptional and symbolic barrel which will be sold for the benefit of two associations which act in the field of child protection: Princesse Margot, that accompanies children with cancer and helps their families through the ordeal of the disease, and Vision du Monde, which is present throughout the world where children suffer.

This year, winemaker Ludivine Griveau has selected a unique Corton Grand Cru from the blend of three of the most beautiful terroirs of the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune: Corton Renardes, Corton Bressandes and Corton Chaumes.

This special wine is contained in a unique barrel, produced by Maison Latour Cooperage, in collaboration with the Hospices de Beaune.

This year’s Presidents’ Barrel will be a tribute to Louis-Fabrice Latour, great friend and supporter of the Hospices de Beaune, who unfortunately passed away this year.

The Hospices Civils de Beaune, a Centuries-Old Institution Focused on the Future

The uniqueness of this hospital organisation lies in its heritage, which consists of a historical monument, the 15th Century Hôtel-Dieu, which no longer welcomes patients, and the prestigious wine estate. All proceeds from this yearly auction directly benefit the Hospital.

The profits generated have recently contributed to the purchase of a new scanner and equipment for a new cardiovascular rehabilitation department, operational since January 2021.

Proceeds from future sales will be used to complete the reconstruction of the Philippe Le Bon Hospital in Beaune and to launch the reconstruction of the Seurre Hospital.

Taking part in this historic auction offers the opportunity not only to purchase superb Burgundy wines, but also to contribute to one of the world’s truly historic charitable institutions, not to mention to become a part of the history and heritage of Burgundy itself.

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The town of Beaune and its surroundings are full of fascinating locations. Prepare for your trip as best as possible with our recommendations for local hotels and restaurants, as well as some suggestions of exhibitions and interesting sites to see during your visit.


Learn More About the Sale

1. Choose Your Cuvée

51 different Cuvées are offered for sale each year, offering a vast choice of Burgundy wines en primeur, as well as two Cuvées of Fine de Bourgogne and Marc de Bourgogne at the end of the sale. The Hospices de Beaune’s Domaine covers 60 hectares throughout Burgundy. A list of Cuvées and their characteristics will be published on our website, as well as the tasting notes by Jasper Morris MW. Our team of Specialists is happy to advise you on the wines on offer.

2. Register and Bid

There are four ways to bid:

- Online
- By Telephone
- In The Room
- By Leaving A Written Bid

Please contact prior to the sale in order to arrange your registration (necessary to be able to bid). Please note that seating is very limited in the Great Hall.

3. Ageing and Personalisation

After the auction, your barrel will be aged for 18 to 24 months by a Burgundian négociant-éleveur. You will be able to choose the éleveur to whom you will entrust the maturation of your wine, the size of bottle and the personalisation of the label. We invite you to contact the négociant-éleveur of your choice for more information on the methods and costs of ageing. You can personalise your bottles with your name on the label, or the name of a club, a company, an institution...

4. Transport and Collection  

Once bottled, your wine can be collected from your négociant in Burgundy or delivered to the place of your choice.

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