Since the fifteenth century, men and women have left their property to the Hospices de Beaune. 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.
The wines, sold at auction every third Sunday of November, allow Burgundy buyers, coming from the four corners of the globe, to continue this act of generosity now half a millennium old.
Bernard Gauvain is one of the Hospices’ most generous benefactors, who left all his worldly goods to the Hospice de la Charité in 1804. His widow gave one of Beaune’s finest, Louis XV houses, now the seat of the Union of Burgundy Négo-ciants, place Carnot. The Gauvain family crest may be seen above the door.
The wines coming from its Volnay-Santenots hillsides constitute one of the greatest glories of the Hospices de Beaune.Often amongst the first to ripen, the vines give wines which are rich, complex, elegant and long.
The 2012 Hospices de Beaune wine items are currently pre-order and will arrive Fall 2014.