Since the fifteenth century, to help their fellow mankind, men and women have bequeathed their property to the Hospices de Beaune, (Hotel Dieu at the time of Nicolas Rolin). The Hospital de Beaune is an established public health facility whose operating rules are identical to those of all public hospitals. The Hospices de Beaune area is so built as a reflection of the generosity of the Burgundians and the multitude of the greatest terroirs of Burgundy.
In 1811, François Blondeau gave the bells of the Hospice de la Charité, which you still hear chiming as you walk along Beaune’s rue de Lorraine. Blondeau restored the church in Volnay, built a school, and gave all his vineyards in Pommard and Volnay so that 5 old people might be cared for, in perpetuity.
Lovers of Volnay will love the inclusion of the First Growths here: Champans and Taille Pieds, planted between 1952 and 1989, make up over 70% of this Cuvée. The Ronceret, planted in 1961, and Mitans, planted between 1955 and 1972, make up the remaining 30% of the Cuvée.
The 2012 Hospices de Beaune wine items are currently pre-order and will arrive Fall 2014.