Each year, on the third weekend of November, Beaune plays host to the world's most famous charity wine sale. Professionals, connoisseurs and wine lovers come together for festivities, the epitome of pure Burgundy tradition.
Beaune and its hospices (charitable institution) have been passing on the singular taste of the grapes of Burgundy since the 15th century. These highly sought-after wines are drunk around the world and this is largely thanks to the internationally renowned annual charity auction.
Wife of Nicolas Rolin, the founder of the Hospices de Beaune, Guigone de Salins moved from Autun to Beaune in 1461, after the death of her husband and to take over the management of the Hôtel-Dieu. She dedicated a large part of her fortune to the support of patients up until her death at 82 years of age.
The longevity of this famous Cuvee is one of the most remarkable of all Beaune wines. Practically half of it is made up of Bressandes, planted in the 1960s and in 1980 on steep slopes.
The 2012 Hospices de Beaune wine items are currently pre-order and will arrive Fall 2014.