The 152nd sale of wines from the Hospices de Beaune will be marked by the integration of a new group of wines. Thanks to a recent donation, a new Grand Cru de la Côte de Nuits will join the Mazis-Chambertin and the Clos de la Roche at the Domaine des Hospices.


*A new vineyard gift offered at auction:

Echezeaux grand cru-Vintage Jean-Luc Bissey 

 *The beneficiary associations: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will be the president of the 152nd Hospices de Beaune wine sale. The proceeds will go to two associations: The Fondation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the Fondation Idée, whose respective patrons are Gérard Depardieu and Guy Roux.

A new cuvée is offered at auction: Echezeaux grand cru – Cuvée Jean-Luc Bissey.

The 152nd sale of wines from the Hospices de Beaune will be marked by the integration of a new group of wines.

Thanks to a recent donation, a new Grand Cru de la Côte de Nuits will join the Mazis-Chambertin and the Clos de la Roche at the Domaine des Hospices. This vignard was donated by Jean-Luc Bissey, who comes from a family of wine producers established in the region for the past four generations. In this sense, he remains loyal to the grand tradition of generosity of the


The vineyards are located in « Les Échézeaux du Dessus », where the hillside steeps into «Les Rouges du Bas ». They were planted by Monsieur Bissey’s father circa 1945, after his return from the war.

Échézeaux has become the third Grand Cru de la Côte de Nuits of wines offered for sale by the Hospices, after the Mazis-Chambertin in 1976 and the Clos de la Roche since 1991.

The 2012 Burgundy Vintage

As seen by Roland Masse, vineyard-manager and wine-maker Domaine des Hospices de Beaune

2012 : A Brilliant Vintage

The vast distribution of the vineyards from the Hospices de Beaune between mâconnais, Côte de Beaune and  Côte de Nuits was an asset for this vintage, which was perturbed by awful weather this spring (frost, leakage, shot grapes, sickness, and hale). 

The harvest of grapes began the 19th of September, following a month of warm and dry weather, which confirms this will be a quality vintage. Healthy little bunches of grapes, rich in sugar, and highly concentrated in flavour, they are fresh and tastily pure.


The Whites

From Pouilly-Fuissé to Bâtard Montrachet, the whites are extremely tasty and fresh. Naturally balanced in sugar and acidity, the chardonnays from the terroirs de la Côte, have revealed themselves as dense, powerful and elegant.

Although these are rare, they have been harvested at their prime time, making them without a doubt, high quality white wines.

The Reds

The colour of the wine is ruby red,

The eye is sparkling,

The fruit fresh and pure,

The roundness and smoothness very present,

The tannins silky and dense,

The whole is simply brilliant.

Well camped in their terroirs, these are a long line of 2012 red wines.

A bonus for la Côte de Nuitsthe hill de Corton and les Volnay Santenots deserves their title as « Grand Cru ».


by Anthony Hanson, M.W. Christie’s senior consultant

2012 is a splendid vintage, for both reds and whites

Sunny, dry weather during August and the first 20 days of September brought Burgundy’s grapes to full ripeness at harvest time, as well as allowing natural acidities to be retained.   The quantities produced are small, due to three main factors: an extended flowering, some hail-storms, and heat-spikes.

At the end of the harvest, Roland Masse, manager of the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune said : “The season finished with beautiful weather, allowing a fully mature harvest of perfectly healthy grapes to take place. These are the two, fundamental factors which are essential for making great wines. The whites may resemble those of 2009, while for reds, it seems that the vintage will show Pinot Noir’s great elegance, with a concentration which may be close to that of 2005.”

The 2012 vintage, and the 152nd wine sale

There will be 44 different wines, known as Cuvées, in the sale: 31 red wines, and 13 whites. 512 barrels are being offered, 401 being red, and 101 white.

85% of the Hospices de Beaune vineyards are Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, which is an exceptionally high proportion, and one of the reasons why so many, superb Cuvées are available.  2012 is the smallest harvest at the Hospices for 25 years, but its clear-cut, potential qualities and undoubted rarity will certainly stimulate enthusiasm amongst those passionate about great Burgundy.  There will be superb wines for laying down, and others – both red and white – for more immediate drinking.  We wish you great success at the auction!

The presidents of the 2012 wine sale and their charities

Since 1945, every year the Hospices de Beaune have lent their support to one or more charities by donating the proceeds from one barrel of wine, called a pièce in Burgundy, sold especially for that purpose – the "Pièce du Président". This year, the proceeds will go in part to the Idée Fondation.

For this 152nd Sale, the "Pièce du Président" will be a 350 litres barrel, of Corton Grand CruCuvée Charlotte Dumay. This year, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is the president of the 152nd wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune. Proceeds will go to two associations: The Fondation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the Fondation Idée, whose respective patrons are Gérard Depardieu and Guy Roux.

The Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation was created under the aegis of the Fondation de France in April 2009.

The Foundation’s activities and efforts take place in France and support people who are physically or socially deprived of access to education and culture. Three main fields of action have been developed over the past three years: fighting illiteracy by giving grants to local and grassroots associations, providing educational support for the underprivileged youth, and overcoming social exclusion through access to culture and artistic activities.The funds come solely from individual and private corporate donors.

In the three years since the Foundation was established, over 5 million Euros have been donated in grants and scholarships.

Under the patronage of Gérard Depardieu, the Foundation developed its “Fight against illiteracy” program. Illiteracy is an invisible and serious matter: in France, over 3 million people cannot read, write or count. For these people a daily task as simple as filling out a cheque or helping a child with his or her schoolwork is an insurmountable challenge. Isolated in their own country, they live in silence and shame.

The Foundation has decided to focus its efforts on families and support long-term projects that will create the best conditions for educational success for the whole family.

To do so, more than 700 000€ has been distributed to sixty local associations. These small organizations, mainly located in rural areas, teach illiterate parents to read and write again, and nurture or reinforce their children’s reading skills. Today as result more than 800 vulnerable families are being helped.

The support of the Hospice de Beaune is essential in helping to develop and strengthen this “Fight against illiteracy” program in the coming year.

 « I believe in the fundamental role of education and culture. I have had the good fortune to have been born and raised in an environment where access to knowledge and culture was guaranteed. I created the Foundation in order to share some of this opportunity with those less fortunate. I hope we can give a second chance to the most disadvantaged amongst us, a chance to realize their goals and find their place in society, but most of all a chance to rekindle their hope.

It is an honor for my Foundation to benefit from the support of the Hospices Civils de Beaune. The funds collected will help us develop and expand our actions against illiteracy. » Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Monsieur Guy Roux, emblematic figure of French football and owner of vineyards in Savigny-Les –Beaune on the Côte de Beaune, will support The Fondation idée, Institut des Epilepsies de l’Enfant et l’Adolescent, sheltered under the aegis of the foundation of the University of Lyon, recognised as public utility. The Fondation IDEE (Institut Des Épilepsies de l’Enfant et de l’adolescent). Created in 2007, it aims to support the construction in Lyon of an institute dedicated to the support and management of epilepsy with for objectives.

*Provide a social support, psychological and educational support to people with epilepsy and provide support to families through a resources center run by patients associations.

*Organize training for health professionals to improve the detection, diagnostic and care of patients.

*Supporting research by creating a multidisciplinary network of major researchers working on innovative projects, giving hope to those whose epilepsy affects intellectual performance.

*Bridging the gap between research and industry by bringing together research teams of excellence, working on the future treatments of epilepsy, as well as industrials able to quickly realize these discoveries.



At a time of misery and famine, Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philippe Le Bon, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins, establish the Hotel-Dieu (Hospital) to take care of the ill and poor. Since its foundation, the Hospital has been funded by legacies and gifts in the form of money, land, buildings and –naturally in Burgundy– vineyards.


The first gift of vineyards is made by Guillemette Leverrier: “Beaune, lieu dit Beaumont-le-Franc”.  Two years later Jean Plampays and his wife donate further vineyards. Many other such donations will follow over the next centuries until the domain reaches over 60 hectares today. The vineyard production is sold every year, and the proceeds are dedicated to funding the charitable activities of the Hospices. The methods of sale have varied over time, since the private sales in force until the French Revolution.


For the first time, the Hospices wines are sold at auction.


The Hospices de Beaune entrust Christie’s with the organization of the 145th wine auction, thus combining tradition and modernity. The sale is opened up to private people, who, on their own, or combining with friends and family, can buy together and share one or several barrels of wine (called pièces in Burgundy). After the sale, your wine will be tended by a Burgundy négociant-éleveur in whose cellars it will mature until the chosen moment of bottling.


Princess Margarita of Romania and the French actresses Fanny Ardant and Alice Taglioni, guests of honour, encourage bidding for the special barrel “la pièce des Présidents”. The barrel of Beaune Premier Cru Cuvée Dames Hospitalières reaches 200,000 euros, a record in the Hospices’ History. These funds were dedicated to the charities Enfants et Santé and Princess Margarita of Romania.


For the first time, Christie’s LiveTM allows buyers to attend the sale live via Internet and to bid from their personal computer anywhere in the world.

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