Ludivine Griveau, winemaker from the Hospices de Beaune estate, interviewed 2 days after harvest 2018
September 17th, Jean-David Camus from Maison Albert Bichot interviews winemaker Ludivine Griveau from Domaine des Hospices de Beaune as she just ends harvesting and whilst the 50 Hospices wines are still fermenting in the cellar. Find out more about this early yet very promising 2018 vintage.
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Hospices de Beaune grand cru Mazis Chambertin by Albert Bichot awarded best wine in the world at the International Wine Challenge 2018
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Our Mazis-Chambertin Hospices de Beaune 2016 winner of International Pinot Noir trophy at the International Wine Challenge
We’re extremely proud : our Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Madeleine Collignon from Hospices de Beaune 2016 auction was just awarded the most prestigious award of BEST INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR at the International Wine Challenge. This same wine had already won the following distinctions : FRENCH RED TROPHY, RED BURGUNDY TROPHY, MAZIS-CHAMBERTIN TROPHY, GOLD MEDAL and 98 points !
Video flashback on the 57th Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges auction that took place on the 11th of March 2018, where the superb 2017 vintage was for sale en primeur. Albert Bichot once again supported strongly this institution with the purchase of 9 barrels of great wines for wine lovers and professionals from France and aboard.
Please click here to take part to next year Hospices de Nuits Saint Georges auction in the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Vidéo : Albert Bichot buys the 2 presidential barrels with Chinese friend Mr Leung – Hospices de Beaune 2017
Albert Bichot buys the 2 barrels of Presidential Barrel at the 157th Hospices de Beaune auction in Novembre 2017
The 157th Hospices auction took place on the 19th of November. Albéric Bichot from family-owned house Albert Bichot bought the 2 Pièces du Président for his Chinese customer and friend Mr Leung for 420 000 Euros. This is the 2d record for the “Pièce de Charité” after the 480 000 Euros reached at the 2015 auction.
The 2017 Hospices de Beaune auction was helped by the support of Charles Aznavour, Agnès b., Julie Depardieu et Marc-Olivier Fogiel.
The profit raised for the 2 barrels of Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi will benefit 3 charities : Fondation Tara Expéditions Fédération pour la Recherche sur le Cerveau and Fondation for research on Alzheimer.
This is the 6th time in 15 years that maison Albert Bichot buys the Presidential barrel at the auction, a sure proof that beyond our technical expertise in selecting and ageing the Hospices de Beaune wines, we have a very strong and unique connexion with this outstanding wine estate and the charity spirit behind it since its foudation by Nicolas Rollin and Guigone de Salins in 1443.
Hospices de Beaune auction 2017: a record year !
A new record was broken yesterday at the Auction of the Hospices de Beaune Wines, which reached a total of €11,145 million for the 787 barrels that were up for sale. The prices increased by 8.6% compared to last year (+ 3.15% for the reds, + 29.65% for the whites). This increase shows the ever-growing interest of foreign buyers for Burgundy wines, and especially for the Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. However it is important to notice that the prices of the whites are back to the level of 2015 after the important decrease of last year (-35.94 %). The prices of the reds have only moderately increased.
Maison Albert Bichot: once again the #1 buyer at the Hospices de Beaune auction
Once again, Albert Bichot confirmed its position as the leading buyer at the auction with the purchase of 115 barrels for a total amount of €1,746,600.
This is an unprecedented record for Albert Bichot which acquired 16% of the total amount of the sale in value and 14.5% in volume.
Albert Bichot buys the 2 presidential barrels at the 2017 auction with Chinese buyers Mr Shek Kong Leung
For the 6th time in the history of the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction, Albert Bichot bought the 2 “Pièces des Présidents” (2 barrels of Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi) for the account of a Chinese client and friend, Mr Shek Kong Leung, for an amount of €410,000.
These 2 barrels were sold to the benefit of 3 associations: “Fondation pour la Recherche sur Alzheimer” supported by the French singer Charles Aznavour, the “Fondation Tara Expéditions ” represented by the French designer Agnès b and the actress Julie Depar-dieu, and the “Fédération pour la recherche sur le cerveau” sponsored by the French TV talk show host Marc-Olivier Fogiel.
For almost twenty years now, Albert Bichot has been standing out in this prestigious charity auction. Albéric Bichot considers that Albert Bichot’s role, as a leading actor in Burgundy, is to promote the reputation of the region and its wines at an international level while and at the same time, supporting local, national or international charities.
Generosity is the key word to describe the spirit of the auction. Obviously, first and foremost, it is the passion for wine that incites connoisseurs for whom the auction represents a legendary event to place their bids. But there is also the interest in participating in the largest charity wine auction in the world.
Albert Bichot’s selection of 5 wines for the Hospices de Beaune 2017 auction
How to buy those 5 wines at the Hospices auction?
SAVIGNY 1er CRU, Cuvée Forneret – charm & pleasure
BEAUNE Premier Cru Cuvée Guigone de Salins – Elegant & complex
CORTON Grand Cru Cuvée Docteur Peste – Structure & minerality
> Maximum price per bottle: 91,50€ (excluding VAT and/or shipping)
POUILLY-FUISSÉ, Cuvée Françoise Poisard – Pleasure & expression
MEURSAULT Cuvée Loppin – Character & precision
We invite you to watch this great video made by auction house Christies, who is behind the hammer since 2005 for every auction of the Hospices de Beaune estate, taking place on the 3d Sunday of November every year. This video includes a testimonial from Alberic Bichot and how, as the #1 buyer at the auction for the last 20 years, we allow to buy those outstanding Burgundy wines en primeur from just one bottle or a full barrel (288 bottles).
The Hospices de Beaune were created more than 550 years ago to provide care for the sick and shelter for the destitute. Thanks to generous benefactors, the Hospices today oversee a domaine of 61 hectares of mostly First and Great Growths. The domaine has become one of the most prestigious in Burgundy, a region whose Climats were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
For over a century, the historic Hospices de Beaune wine sale has given collectors the opportunity to discover exceptional red and white wines, including Beaune, Meursault, Échezeaux and Mazis-Chambertin. This year, 50 cuvées (wines) will be offered, with something to suit every taste and budget.
All proceeds from the sale benefit medical treatments at the Hospices de Beaune, and the maintenance of its historic listed buildings.
This year, the 157th Hospices de Beaune wine sale will take place on 19 November 2017, and represents a chance to acquire exceptional wines, to be part of a wonderful heritage, and to help the new hospital to offer its patients the best possible care.
Video: Interview of Ludivine Griveau, Hospices estate winemaker about the 2017 vintage, 2 months before the wine auction
An intense and shining vintage, generous at last
Jean-David CAMUS from www.hospices-beaune.com by Albert Bichot interviews Hospices de Beaune winemaker Ludivine GRIVEAU about the 2017 vintage at the Hospices estate.
- A very early vintage, with the start of the vegetative cycle early April.
- End of April : severe frost damage many French wine regions. Fortunately Burgundy (except in Chablis) is not hit by frost, a
very good thing for the winegrowers after several difficult years of low yields.
- May : generous and fast bud burst. The vines are very productive, as if they wanted to get some revenge after the previous
years and show their best.
- Pinot Noir flowering takes place in perfect conditions in a few sunny days. More delicate flowering for Chardonnay, with
alternate days of rain and sun. Some coulure (partial fruit set) will impact future yields.
- A classic Burgundian summer, with some very hot days at the end of June and July. August is sometimes milder, with some
beneficial days of rain. Ludivine Griveau makes sure quality and yields do not go too high, with some green harvest or
disbudding where and when necessary. Keeping a good concentration is the final objective to reach top quality.
- Harvest start a 100 days after flowering: 27th of August for the first Chardonnay in Pouilly-Fuissé (Maconnais) and on the 1st of
September for the Côte de Beaune vineyards. Pinot Noir start to be harvested on the 2d of September for Côte de Beaune,
then Côte de Nuits Vineyard. Last grapes are brought in at the winery on the 21st of September. Yields in red are around 42 hl /
ha. In white, they’re only just above those of 2016 and remain limited. 2017 is the most productive vintage since 2009 though.
- Vinification : Ludivine talks about wines with a ”placid strength”, with some initial restraint character that require some long
vatting (18 to 19 days in red) and a stronger than usual press level to extract the whites’ potential.
- Globally, Ludivine thinks the wines are superb, with great colours, very silky tannins. Nice natural degrees between 12.8 and
13.2. Great balance sugar / acids. A very nice and promising combination of elegance and power.
Please go to www.hospices-beaune.com/en to buy with our support some of these fine wines at the next auction, en primeur from just one bottle to a full barrel.
Harvest at the Hospices de Beaune estate took place between the 28th of August for the Pouilly Fuissé and the 21st of September for the last grapes of Pinot Noir. 2017 is both generous is quantity and quality, as these few pictures testify. Find back on our website in a few days a full interview of winemaker Ludivine Griveau about the 2017 vintage at the Hospices de Beaune estate.
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