Join us in a share of a Hospices de Beaune barrel of 2018 Burgundy, which when bottled will have your name, your newborn's name, your company logo, or your favorite quote, etc, on the label.
Here is the 2018 vintage review by Jasper Morris MW:
Excitement levels are running high throughout Burgundy in 2018 as the long fine summer has produced a bumper crop of potentially excellent quality in both colours. The exceptionally wet spring supplied enough water underground to keep the vines functioning throughout the protracted but not excessive heatwave which lasted the rest of the summer.
In fact the ease of access to water meant that after a longish winter, the vines kicked off their growing cycle very quickly when warmth returned in April. Though there were some storms in July, 2018 has proved otherwise to be a golden summer.
The Hospices de Beaune started harvesting in earnest on Thursday 30th August, having already picked their Pouilly-Fuissé which ripens early. Reds and whites were maturing nicely at the same time and the weather happily turned cooler for the harvest itself. Healthy grapes came in, and plenty of them – but without any difficulty in ripening.
Yields appear to be very similar to the generous crop of 2017 but the wines are expected to have a greater level of concentration. Winemaker Ludivine Griveau can see parallels with the exciting vintages of 2009 and 2015.
The morning before the auction we taste all of the cuvées on offer. We write our notes and mark up the wines across the whole range that we like the most. This can vary from year to year. We then discuss our favourites as a group and narrow down to a shortlist which we then re-taste and discuss as a group. We also discuss those wines with Jasper Morris MW, and our senior consultant Anthony Hanson MW, who tastes with us.
Our 'shopping list' is always longer than what we end up buying because much too depends on the auction itself. Some wines make sense for quality, but get fought over in a bidding war in the auction, and then just don’t make sense - quality for price. This year - for us - this for the first time eliminated the grands crus.
However two really great wines came through for us - the 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Arthur Girard, which we all loved for its freshness, airiness and charm (see Jasper’s fuller note below), and the 2018 Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Cuvée Gauvain, which was elegant, fine and very long on the palate. We also thought they made very good sense price-wise. We’re confident you would be pleased to have and to serve either of these for years to come.
The next step in the process is élevage, and we take this decision just as seriously. It’s important to have very talented people tending the barrels – people who really understand the wines they are tending. Guillaume Rouget of Domaine Emmanuel Rouget is already passionate about his own Savigny-lès-Beaune, and will take care of 2 barrels of 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Cuvèe Arthur Girard. Frédéric Lafarge, from Domaine Michel Lafarge in Volnay will also take care of 1 barrel of 2018 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Cuvèe Arthur Girard, and 2 barrels of 2018 Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Cuvèe Gauvain. Better éleveurs we could not wish for, and both will enhance the value and final quality of your wine. Their names also appear on the labels of the wines they take care of.
The Fine Wine Experience team has now years of experience in managing the labelling process, ensuring you name, company logo, or name in Chinese characters is handled correctly, to maximise the personalisation and value to you.
We manage this process end to end for you, so that you have the best Hospices de Beaune selections for 2018, with the flexibility to buy in manageable ¼ barrels shares (72 bottles per share).