Join us in a share of a Hospices de Beaune barrel of 2016 red Burgundy, which when bottled will have your name, your newborn's name, your company logo, or your favorite quote, etc, on the label.
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.
ulie, 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.
Read more about Ordering 2016 Hospices de Beaune here.