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.
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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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Aether Wines & Spirits, our partner in Singapore, organised with us a gala dinner in May 2016 to showcase the Hospices de Beaune spirit and partnership with Albert Bichot, the #1 buyer at the world famous wine auction for the last 20 years.
Less than 2 weeks ago took place the press conference before the 155th Hospices de Beaune wine auction. Ludivine Griveau, the new winemaker from this top Burgundy wine estate, took this opportunity to give her feeling about the excellent 2015 vintage.
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The 2015 vintage at the Hospices de Beaune estate, as seen by Ludivine Griveau, winemaker and at the end of October 2015
The whites: at this stage, we have generous wines, with aromas of fennel, anise, yellow fruits; from very ripe grapes, they are nevertheless tonic and the acidities are promising. Natural alcohol levels are all high and terroir typicity respected.
The reds: They are rather dark in colour, with lovely purple nuances. Acidity levels are satisfactory and tannins very concentrated and fleshy; therefore, maceration was managed so as to gently extract tannins that were all very ripe (including those of the pips) while respecting their overall harmony. At this start of ageing, fresh fruit aromas are to be found (strawberry, blackberry, raspberry) and there are tannins present that barrel ageing will help to enrich.
Winter 2014-2015 in Burgundy will not have been worthy of the name as the months of December to February had temperatures above seasonal averages. The onset of springtime was very early, with the beginning of March quite clement. Temperatures fell significantly in mid-March when the first buds were already swelling in their cottony shells. While winter was not very cold, it was rather sprinkled with rain, but not excessively so. Spring did not increase the average temperatures. April, colder and with less sunshine, was for its part near to seasonal norms. From end April, the viticultural landscape began to change and certain green shoot tips were visible, with temperatures rising significantly. They were even to go beyond seasonal norms, so much so that in early May, the majority of vine parcels had reached the stage of the first fully opened leaf.
On the whole, at this stage of the season, the level of development in 2015 was still within the average for the last 10 years. As everyone will have noticed, thanks to the very lovely months of May, June and July, summer came about with radiant sunshine and the summer temperatures were to be higher than seasonal averages. Vegetation underwent explosive development during the first weeks of May and June: growth was very active and the vines showed incredible resistance to the heat and water stress. Let us say from 3 to 5°C above seasonal norms. During the summer months, rain did not fall very often and even sometimes only a few millimeters. It is to be noted that the volumes of rainwater were extremely variable from one area to another: in this way, very little rain fell in Mâcon between early June and mid-July while the Côte d’Or had rain at strategic moments for the vine. At that stage, we were almost certain that the harvest would be early. Burgundy therefore rejoiced to be reliving a hot, sunny summer for it must be admitted that the last two or three had been more “chaotic” in terms of temperatures, meaning cooler and more variable from one day to the next. September followed on from this hot summer and also saw an average at 2°C above seasonal norms. At the very beginning of the month, we were therefore harvesting… how good it felt! Teams advanced quickly, the harvest was healthy and lovely and the sun went on shining!!!
Summarizing the conditions of sunlight had not been this simple for several years, and this for all of Burgundy! In fact, the vintage is characterized by an excess of sunshine, the honours going to the months of June and July. August finished at an average level with precipitations certainly not very numerous but which arrived at the right moment for the needs of the vine. The year 2015 has therefore benefited from very good sunshine, an impression reinforced by the deficits of the previous summers.
Thanks to the more than clement and above all reliable climatological conditions during the phase of grape ripening, the decisions regarding harvesting dates were taken with serenity. Grape healthiness was really superb, as much for Pinot Noir as Chardonnay. In fact, a hot, dry summer together with a short supply of water, albeit “topsy-turvy”, allowed us to take our time so as to pick grapes at perfect maturity. Without altering the rules, our parcel by parcel maturity tests were a determining factor in the order of harvesting of our parcels; the Chardonnays hurried a little so as to avoid over-ripeness.
It was on 27th August for our Pouilly Fuissé and very early September, on the 2nd exactly, that we harvested our first grapes. Pinot Noir was picked after Chardonnay to keep a watchful eye on acidity levels. All the grapes, of course, went via the sorting tables but it must be admitted that very few of them were rejected. Very quickly, we were able to note that the harvest was not very abundant and that the concentration and richness of the grapes was well and truly there. So our vinifications began with a flourish and very promising cuvees.
The vegetative cycle
In mid-April, vegetation actively recommenced its growing cycle. So, towards 15th April the first green shoot tips appeared in the earliest-developing sectors of the Côte de Beaune. Then, less rapidly, the first fully-formed leaves appeared. We were therefore in similar conditions to 2009 and 2005 at that stage of vine growth. The great regularity of temperatures in May and June was to engender rapid and efficient flowering. In fact, flowering was spread over a few days from the start of June, or even over one week for the two grape varieties. There were therefore quite a lot of similarities with 2003 at that precise moment of the vegetative cycle. We were prudent regarding de-budding as already fruit development itself seemed not very abundant. The beginning of summer also marked the fruit set in bunches in the first days of July. The days were hot and dry, with some wind, and therefore decisions on leaf-thinning were taken sparingly so as to avoid all risk of scorching the grape bunches. We were nevertheless to experience some of this but a lot less than we might have feared. The vines resisted in incredible fashion. In terms of pressure from cryptogamic diseases, Oïdium gave more to worry about than Mildew.
There again, the heterogeneous nature of parcels counted a lot in the decisions regarding spraying sequences. Things got better from the second half of July since vines were well advanced and therefore far less sensitive. At the start of August, thanks to the lovely summer, veraison had reached more than 85% overall in Burgundy. The small timing differences observed at flowering tended to even out due to the really favourable climatological conditions. In this way, the stage of 100% veraison had already been achieved at end August. Extremely healthy leafage had allowed intense and regular photosynthesis both for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, permitting both varieties to make important gains in maturity and concentration. End of August: leaf quality was excellent. No parcels had “given up” and the end of ripening could be envisaged with serenity. Already, the number of bunches and their size led us to think that the harvest would be not very generous, but, as everything seemed very healthy, all of it should end up in our vats and presses! We did not have to intervene in terms of fruit volume per vine. The great tendency of this year’s vintage then started to be progressively more apparent, i.e. that everything risked being ready to pick at the same time as all would be ripe simultaneously! Both Chardonnay and Pinot, both Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.
To help us establish an order of harvesting, we used our most effective decision-making tool to our way of thinking: tasting of the berries. In this way, we had an appreciation of the evolution of pulp flavour, the texture of tannins (both skins and pips) and the facility with which phenolic ingredients could be extracted (colour, tannins…).
From that moment the summery conditions of end August made us prudent regarding our Chardonnays: while definitely slower to take on their varietal aromas, they were nevertheless showing some signs of sensitivity to over-ripeness and quite quickly turning gold to golden-brown in colour. Not very rich in juice, the skins were thick, so it was necessary to be careful not to lose too much acidity; this is why we picked them over quite a short period. Regarding the Pinots, they offered us incomparable latitude in terms of harvesting: they did not stop ripening, developing and improving their tannins in the skins and pips. Tasting the grapes revealed very intense varietal aromas, skins remaining rather thick while tannins in them became more concentrated. In the same way, pip tannins (quite brown) had toasted and hazelnut flavours, signs of lovely maturity.
Our harvesting started on 27th August and thereafter from 2nd September 2015: the whole domain was picked in 7 days, beating the record! The grapes had an even ripeness for Pinot Noir and their state of health encouraged a certain confidence in sorting and grape selection. They were certainly not in abundant quantity, but perfectly ripe and healthy, so with very few rejected! The Chardonnays were in fact harvested simultaneously as time was a little more urgent from the point of view of maturity. Pressings were all of uncrushed whole bunches on short cycles and rather low pressures. Vinification took place in very good conditions. The kinetics of extraction were undeniably the number one determining factor this year for the balance of the red wines. Thereafter, wines were calmly barreled and await buyers in the cellars.