HOSPICES
DE BEAUNE

Hospices de Beaune

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin 1/4 Barrel 1/4 BARREL 9 9 44,640 - EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Liger Belair - Corton Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste 1/4 Barrel 1/4 BARREL 11 11 86,400 - EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Liger Belair - Echezeaux Grand Cru Cuvee Jean-Luc Bissey 1/4 Barrel 1/4 BARREL 2 2 208,800 - EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Liger Belair - Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru Cuvee Madeleine Collignon 1/4 Barrel 1/4 BARREL 6 6 162,000 - EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 BARREL EP HKD 44,640 / BTL 9 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
9
Qty of btl
9
Btl price (HKD)
44,640
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Liger Belair - Corton Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 BARREL EP HKD 86,400 / BTL 11 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
11
Qty of btl
11
Btl price (HKD)
86,400
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Liger Belair - Echezeaux Grand Cru Cuvee Jean-Luc Bissey
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 BARREL EP HKD 208,800 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
208,800
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Liger Belair - Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru Cuvee Madeleine Collignon
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 BARREL EP HKD 162,000 / BTL 6 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
162,000
Score
-
Location
EP
The wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. Title to all wine remains with The Fine Wine Experience until paid for in full.
HK / HK storage; ready for delivery within 1-2 business days.
HK-Shop / available for in-store purchase in Sheung Wan.
HK Pre-arrival wines in transit to Hong Kong. Please contact us for arrival estimate.
En-Primeur / wines still in chateau; will arrange delivery to once wine is received in HK

The 2016 Hospices de Beaune

The 2016 vintage in Burgundy was really a game of two halves. When we visited in June 2016 growers all seemed to have long faces. Some had been hit by hail, some by frost (or both), and many were now fighting moisture and heat-induced disease pressure in their vineyards. But the second half was a reminder why the Burgundians remain so stoic as they do. Perseverance through the difficulties of spring and early summer were repaid with clearer, fine weather in late summer and autumn.

The Hospices de Beaune tasting the morning before the auction in mid-November is for most (including us) the very first chance to try a new vintage – at just a few weeks of age. It’s a very difficult time to taste wines so young, but in doing this same tasting, of the same cuvées, every year on the same Saturday, you start to build up some experience in doing it.

Julie, Mike and I were all smiles a few wines into the tasting. These are delicious! To my palate they are really quite classic, well balanced and expressively styled Burgundies, full of freshness.

We all have our favourites of course, but we don’t buy these wines based on some formula. The three of us taste, and we select what we all agree we think are the best examples. We then talk with Anthony Hanson MW, Jasper Morris MW and other experienced experts and shorten the list a little more. Then, in the auction, we judge the price carefully, the final list being the best deals we thinl make sense from that longer list.

Well, for the 2016 we are just delighted. Because prices fell back from their 2015 vintage high, offering good value.

One further element we pay close attention to is ‘élevage’. This is the tending of the barrels of just-made wine by a Burgundy domaine through its barrel ageing, and through to and including bottling. It’s important work and has an influence on the final quality of the wine. Not all élevage is equal. Not only do we only go for the absolute best élevage available, but we choose domaines that understand each cuvée well, but also ‘value add’. Their names also appear on the label. The 2016 Beaune 1er Cru, Cuvée Maurice Drouhin is tended for us by Joseph Drouhin; the 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cuvée Georges Kritter is tended for us by Dujac; and all the other grands crus are tended by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair.

All of these steps combine to make our offer to you the very best possible Hospices de Beaune Burgundy offer possible — the right selections, flexibility of quantity (1/4 barrel shares), and the right people to tend and bottle the wines, all taken care of for you by the highly experienced team at The Fine Wine Experience.

 

Buyers of Hospices de Beaune barrels have the privilege to put their name as buyer on the label. We have especially arranged that you can put your name on the label of just one quarter of a barrel quantity (72 bottles). You can put your name, the name of your 2016-born child, the name of a couple who got engaged or married in 2016, or who celebrated a significant anniversary, or you can put the name of your company for corporate gifts. We will arrange this for you as part of the service.

You can put -

  • Plain text (eg.Name, dates, etc) - which will be printed with Hospices de Beaune offical font & colour (black)
  • Chinese or other Asian text (eg. Name in Chinese or in other Asian language) - you can choose from 5 different fonts and will be printed in black or a colour of your choice.
  • Graphics (eg.Company logo, text written in calligraphy, etc) - which will be printed in 4C colour. For the best result, please provide your graphics in CMYK .ai/ .psb file (for logos), and high resoultion graphics no less then 300 dpi. 

BACKGROUND Q&A


Q: What is the Hospices de Beaune? 

A: Dating back many centuries with a mission to take care of the poor, today this organization acts as both a charity in Burgundy, and a modern hospital. Vineyard land donations over the centuries make the Hospices a large wine domaine, but, uniquely, each year the Hospices de Beaune auctions off all its production in one day-long sale as young wine in barrel. 

 

Q: How do you get a barrel of Hospices de Beaune? 

A: By auction, which takes place on the third Sunday of each November, and the wine sold – by the barrel – is super young, coming from grapes picked the same year, so just a few weeks old. For decades only the Burgundy wine negociants themselves could go to this auction and buy the barrels of wine, but since 2005 Christie’s have been running it, so all Christie’s clients can participate. To buy at this auction you would still have to buy a whole barrel of the wine you want, organise for a Burgundy producer to take care of it for you and eventually bottle it. But through us, all this is taken care of for you.

 

Q: So, why buy Hospices de Beaune Burgundy?

A: Firstly, the wines are actually very decent. They are not as spectacular as the very best names in Burgundy, but the wines are good, deliciously drinkable and enjoyable, and age worthy too. The main reason to get involved is to have your own name on the label, and to support this great charity in the process.

Personally, I have been buying and serving these wines since 2007. I’ve been really happy with the wines

 

Q: If the wine in barrel is not ready to bottle, what happens next?

A: Harvest was in September, we bought your wine in November, and in January 2017 the wine went in barrel to Joseph Drouhin (Beuane), Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (Corton, Mazis-Chambertin & Echezeaux) or Domaine Dujac (Clos de la Roche). For the next year or so, tending to your wine will be his responsibility – changing the barrel if needed, topping up, racking, and finally bottling, will be down to him. We chose these leading Burgundy winemakers very carefully, knowing from our experience of their cellars, and from their reputations that they are the best possible choices. Between January and April 2018 he will judge the best time to bottle your wine and it will be ready for shipping to Hong Kong. We will take care of every step for you, delivering the wine to your home or cellar in Hong Kong.

 

Q: How can I personalise the label? 

A: Buyers of Hospices de Beaune barrels have the privilege to put their name as buyer on the label. We have especially arranged that you can put your name on the label of just one quarter of a barrel quantity (72 bottles). You can put your name, the name of your 2016-born child, the name of a couple who got engaged or married in 2016, or who celebrated a significant anniversary, or you can put the name of your company for corporate gifts. We will arrange this for you as part of the service. Read our Personalised Label section here.

 

Q: What makes these bottles special?

A: I have found over the years that these wines have provided a lot of fun – both opening at family gatherings, parties, and so on, and seeing the wine’s evolution in bottle. They’ve made perfect gifts too. You may choose to do the same, or you may wish to mark the occasion of the birth of a child, a marriage, an anniversary, and engagement, and so on. This is ideal as you will have a wine to enjoy and to keep, and it will have your name (or the child’s name, or the couple’s names) printed officially on the label.