Hospices de Beaune wines (called cuvées) are completely sold atauction each third Sunday of November. To buy those wines with Albert Bichot, the number one buyer for the last 20 years and a true “grande maison de Bourgogne”, please register on this page to buy a minimum of only three bottles or this page to buy a full barrel (288 bottles)

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Depuis 1859 : l’histoire des enchères des Hospices de Beaune

Since 1859, Hospices de Beaune wines are exclusively sold on auction. For many years, the sale took place by candle-flame. Each lot was sold after the final bid, and after two flames were extinguished. Today, this traditional practice is applied to the “Charity barrel” also called Pièce des Présidents.

Through the years, the Hospices auction has become the most famous wine charity auction in the world. Albert Bichot first bid in 1876.

The Hospices auction is “en primeur”, (as futures) meaning that the vintage that is sold is the one from the current year. When the auction takes place, the wine has just been vinified in the Hospices estate’s winery. After the auction, every buyer must by law ask a professional company such as Albert Bichot to age it. This ageing period lasts 12 to 16 months in average, before being bottled and shipped.

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The auction highlight : selling the Pièce des Présidents (charity barrel)

One wine is very special : the Pièce des Président (also called charity barrel). Each year, the Hospices support one or two specific charities and offer a barrel of excellent wine, usually a grand cru. Celebrities (actors, musicians…) will endorse the cause and will make their best to auction this barrel at the highest possible price, as all sales profits will be given to the selected charity. In the last ten years, four customers from Albert Bichot have generously bought the Pièce des Présidents at our side and have asked us to age this very symbolic Burgundy wine. It was for instance the case in 2012 when Carla Bruni-Sarkozy awarded the charity barrel of Igor Iankovski, our customer from Ukraine for 250 000 Euros.

The Hospices auction : a key event in the “Trois Glorieuses” week-end of celebration

The “Trois Glorieuses” (three glory days) is the name given to three major events that signal the end of the wine year in Burgundy :

  1. The Chapter from the Chevalier du Tastevin brotherhood taking place in the Clos de Vougeot castle on Saturday
  2. The Hospices de Beaune auction on Sunday afternoon
  3. The Paulée de Meursault on Monday.

During all this long week-end, medieval city of Beaune is home to a big, lively popular party atmosphere. Parades through the streets, tastings in numerous places, concerts…there are many opportunities for kids and adults alike to have a great time for families and friends from all over the world. You can find some more information on Beaune tourism board website here.

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