HOSPICES
DE BEAUNE

Hospices de Beaune

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Dames Hospitaliere 1/4 Barrel 1/4 Barrel 5 5 54,000 - EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Corton Blanc Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste 1/4 Barrel 1/4 Barrel 3 3 108,000 - EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin 750 BOTTLE 144 144 680 - HK
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin (Horoscope Series: Monkey) 750 BOTTLE 140 140 680 - HK
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin (Horoscope Series: Monkey) 750 BOTTLE 2 2 680 - SHOP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin (TFWE) 750 BOTTLE 142 142 680 - HK
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Lucien Le Moine - Hospices Grand Cru (Echezeaux/Mazis Chambertin/Batard Montrachet/Corton Charlemagne/Corton Vergennes 750 BOTTLE 150 150 3,200 - EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Dames Hospitaliere
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 Barrel EP HKD 54,000 / BTL 5 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
5
Qty of btl
5
Btl price (HKD)
54,000
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Corton Blanc Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 Barrel EP HKD 108,000 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
108,000
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 680 / BTL 144 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
144
Qty of btl
144
Btl price (HKD)
680
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin (Horoscope Series: Monkey)
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 680 / BTL 140 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
140
Qty of btl
140
Btl price (HKD)
680
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin (Horoscope Series: Monkey)
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 680 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
680
Score
-
Location
SHOP
2016 Hospices de Beaune / Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Maurice Drouhin (TFWE)
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 680 / BTL 142 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
142
Qty of btl
142
Btl price (HKD)
680
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Lucien Le Moine - Hospices Grand Cru (Echezeaux/Mazis Chambertin/Batard Montrachet/Corton Charlemagne/Corton Vergennes
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 3,200 / BTL 150 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
150
Qty of btl
150
Btl price (HKD)
3,200
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 2017 Hospices de Beaune

Finally, after years of frost and hail, 2017 is a normal yield year. Volumes are normal (though demand remains high, as reflected in the auction result). April frosts were averted, but it was a close run thing. Welcome rain came in May. June was hot, and July mixed – bunches were plentiful but small (good for quality). August was dry and mainly fine. Harvest began early – from 1st September in the Côte de Beaune, the Corton white a week later with good sugar levels, but also correct acidity levels. The reds were picked from 2nd to 11th September, with both quantity and quality looking strong for 2017.

We taste 48 cuvées separately. Each of us makes a note of the wines we particularly like. Then, we discuss those as a group. Wines one of us doesn’t like are eliminated, and we are left with a shortlist, which we re-taste. We also discuss those wines with Jasper Morris MW, and our senior consultant Anthony Hanson MW, who tastes with us.
 
Then, of course, there is the aucton itself. Some of our selections get eliminated due to prices being too strong in relation to the relative quality.

In the end we feel we have the best wines possible at the best prices possible.

One further element we pay close attention to is ‘élevage’. This process is the tending of the barrels of just-made wine by a Burgundy domaine from its barrel ageing all the way 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. We only go for the absolute best élevage available, and we choose domaines that understand each cuvée well. In addition, we select an éleveur who will bring ‘value add’ to the wine. Their names also appear on the label. The 2017 Beaune 1er Cru, Cuvée Dames Hospitalières and Corton Blanc Grand Cru, Cuvée Docteur Peste are tended for us by Etienne de Montille; the 2017 Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru, Cuvée Madeleine Collignon is tended for us 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.

Here is our selection for 2017:

  • Corton Blanc Grand Cru, Cuvée Docteur Peste:
    The whites seemed quite ripe and opulent this year, so we were looking for good minerality and acidity to provide balance. All of the Corton whites (the two Corton-Charlemagnes and the Corton-Vergennes) had it, but the ‘straight’ Corton Blanc offered this same profile at a considerably better price. “Ripe, mineral, sleek and very fine” I noted. For me, after tasting a run of good Meursaults, this Corton Blanc stood out for its balance.

    Here is Jasper Morris MW’s tasting note:
    This cuvée was presented for the first time in 2016 after a proportion of the pinot noir vines in the lieu-dit les Fiètres had been replanted with chardonnay. Fine bright colour, an as yet unevolved bouquet, then tightly concentrated, with pure white fruit in the mouth, excellent acidity, and a fine long finish.

    This is a smart pick for 2017, and should develop very well.
     
  • Beaune 1er Cru, Cuvée Dames Hospitalières:
    This wine was my favourite of all the 1er Crus this year, so I was very pleased that we managed to get it. I wrote “good fruit and shape, fleshy and long”.

    Here is Jasper Morris MW’s tasting note:
    The recent decision to pick plot by plot rather than by cuvée has really paid off here, as the Bressandes component ripens nearly a week before Theurons. Medium deep colour, with an initial bouquet of ripe griottine cherries. On the palate, it delivers very intense dark raspberry fruit as well as the cherries, yet with the supple, caressing style of Bressandes, backed by weight, tannin and acidity. There is a solid structure to this with very good acid balance, and pure fruit which stretches out right to the back.

     
  • Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru, Cuvée Madeleine Collignon:
    This wine is an impressive Mazis-Chambertin. “A rich, ripe, spicy nose – deep and dark-fruited; good fruit depth that builds on the finish.” Louis-Michel Liger-Belair was impressed by it too and he will be doing the élevage for this wine for us.

    Here is Jasper Morris MW’s tasting note:
    This gorgeous Mazis-Chambertin is very backward of course but still readier to show its charms than the Clos de la Roche. Rich imperial purple in colour, with a bouquet to bring a smile to the face. As last year, this is a wonderfully complete wine, starting in elegance, moving through a beautifully rich poised mid palate and finishing seamlessly. It is very similar in style to the beautiful 2016.

LAST CHANCE: 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.

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 2017-born child, the name of a couple who got engaged or married in 2017, 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 resolution graphics no lesser than 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 Etienne de Montille (Beaune & Corton Blanc) or Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (Mazis-Chambertin). 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 carefully, knowing from our experience of their cellars, and from their reputations that they are the best possible choices. Between January and April 2019, one of these elite winemakers will judge the best time to bottle your wine. Then, 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 2017-born child, the name of a couple who got engaged or married in 2017 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 for more details.

 

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.