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The major event in Burgundy winegrowingSale of Hospices de Beaune wines 2023

Beaune Wine Auction 2023

The next Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale will take place on November 19, 2023. Festivities take place all weekend long, starting on Friday November 17. Funfair, exceptional tastings in the cellars and estates, gourmet market, parades of folk groups, gala dinners….

During the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale weekend

Where to taste Burgundy wines?

A major celebration of Burgundy wines, the weekend of the Vente des Vins des Hospices de Beaune is the perfect time to come and taste some Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, aligoté or crémant de Bourgogne.

Numerous cellars in Beaune offer exceptional tastings during this moment of sharing. Grand crus, exceptional vintages, rarities, unusual or remarkable wines, the treasures come out of the shadows.

The winemakers also open their estates to welcome you in a very special atmosphere. This weekend is an exceptional weekend in Burgundy.

Tasting sessions

Auctions for professionals, tastings for everyone

The Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale is reserved for professionals. Nevertheless, the Wine Sale Weekend is an opportunity to take part in unparalleled tastings at the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune, wine shops and estates in and around Beaune.

Reservations for tastings will go online during September 2023. If you’d like to receive our special Wine Sale newsletters, subscribe to our mailing list below.

In the meantime you can check outthe various events planned for this 163rd Wine Sale, during the weekend of November 17-19, 2023.

Exceptional events

Gala dinners

and other gastronomic events

Professionals and wine lovers alike come together for this great celebration of winegrowing Burgundy: the Vente des Vins des Hospices de Beaune. It’s an opportunity to buy wine, but also to get together and share festive moments.

The major wine houses organize gala dinners and evenings that are a jovial and convivial reflection of Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wines. Some of these events are reserved for professionals only, others are open to the general public, by reservation.

Celebrating with the family

During the Wine Sale Weekend

Everyone gets to have fun this November weekend thanks to the Festivinales. The grown-ups visit the cellars or indulge in the snail or beef bourguignon stands at the gourmet market, and the little ones twirl as the folk groups pass by. And the whole family can have fun at the funfair set up in Place Madeleine.

A look back at the 162nd Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale

A record-breaking year

Find out in pictures how this exceptional sale unfolded. This first edition led by Sotheby’s will long remain in the annals of the Hospices de Beaune.

Immerge yourself in the atmosphere of this global event and feel all the emotion of an extraordinary charity sale by viewing the video of the event.

162nd Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale
162nd Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale
Vidéo de la 162ème Vente des Vins des Hospices de Beaune

Frequently asked questions

for the 2023 Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction
  • How can I take part in the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction?

    If you’re not a wine professional, you won’t be able to take part in the auction. Nevertheless, wine lovers can acquire a piece, or simply a bottle of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune wines via the Maison Albert Bichot.

    As a professional, you will have 4 opportunities to participate in the auction:

    • Before the day of the Auction: send your written bid or purchase order to the Maison Sotheby’s before the sale. This order will be executed by the auctioneer during the sale. You can contact Sotheby’s for more information, see contacts below.
    • Live, in the Salle des Halles de Beaune: reserve your seats with the Maison Sotheby’s
    • By telephone, you will be able to bid during the Sale with a Sotheby’s contact
    • By Internet, on the Sotheby’s website from your account
  • I am a wine professional and would like to contact Sotheby's or Hospices de Beaune

    For any professional contact regarding the Wine Sale, you can send an email to Sotheby’s or contact one of their representatives:

    • Celian Ravel d’Estienne – Acting Head of Special Projects, Continental Europe
      +44 7 718 697 581

    celian.raveldestienne@sothebys.com

    • Frederic Guyot du Repaire – Acting Head of Sales, Continental Europe
      +44 20 7293 5047

    frederic.guyot@sothebys.com

  • How to taste the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune wines offered at the Wine Sale?

    Tasting sessions will be offered by the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune, depending on whether you’re a wine professional or just a wine lover.

    For wine professionals

    Tastings are organized prior to the Wine Sale. They concern the cuvées offered for sale. They take place at the Cuverie du Domaine Viticole des Hospices de Beaune, avenue des Stades

    They are reserved for buyers and professionals, and are open on presentation of a personalized invitation sent by the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune.

    For amateurs

    In Beaune, wine lovers can take part in the tasting of 10 cuvées selected from the reserve wines of the Domaine Viticole des Hospices de Beaune.

    Reservations are not required for these tastings. Often popular with Beaune locals and wine lovers alike, you’ll need to be patient. Two dates are proposed:

    • Saturday, November 18: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 19: 8.30am to 10.30am

    Location of tastings open to the public: Ancienne cuverie – rue Louis Véry

    30€ per person (payment by check, credit card or cash)

    Tasting glasses and snacks (gougères, charcuterie, cheeses) will be available for sale on site.

     

    To receive our special Wine Sale Newsletter, you can subscribe to our mailing list.

  • How to reserve for the Wine Sale weekend tastings?

    You can book your tastings directly with the Côte de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Beaune wineries and estates. But the easiest way is still to go through the Tourist Office. You can compare the tasting experiences offered by the estates, major wine houses and cellarmen of Beaune, Meursault, Pommard, Santenay…

    Two very simple ways to book your tastings with the Tourist Office:

  • Who owns the Domaine Viticole des Hospices de Beaune?

    The Hospices Civils de Beaune owns the Hospices de Beaune wine estate. This is the city of Beaune’s hospital institution, and has been since 1443, when Nicolas Rollin and Guigone de Salins created the Hôtel-Dieu.

    Find outthe incredible story of this couple who revolutionized hospital care in Beaune and Burgundy.

  • What is the auction record for the Hospices de Beaune?

    It was at the 162nd Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction in 2022 that all records were broken:

    • 32 million Euros (€29,788,500 excluding fees) for all 802 pieces sold. This is not only a record for the Beaune sale, but also a world record for a charity wine auction.
    • 810,000 Euros for the charity piece (pièce des présidents), supported by the two presidents: Benoît Magimel and Flavie Flament.
  • Which associations benefited from the sale of the Charity Coin?

    The incredible sum of €810,000 was donated to two associations focused on helping children:

  • Who won the charity coin auction in 2022?

    The charity coin, or Presidents’ Coin, had a very special symbolism for the 162nd edition of the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale. The death of Louis-Fabrice Latour, Burgundian wine merchant and emblematic figure of winegrowing Burgundy, a month before the sale particularly moved the Beaune and Pays Beaunois wine community.

    To pay tribute to him, the houses Louis Latour and Joseph Drouhin, along with other Burgundy wine houses (Badet Clément, Albert Bichot, Groupe Boisset, Bouchard Père et Fils, Champy, Chanson, Joseph Drouhin, Faiveley, Louis Jadot, Olivier Leflaive, Patriarche and Veuve Ambal), won the auction for the pièce de Corton Grand Cru, offered in a barrel specially made by the Maison Latour cooperage.

    This outpouring of generosity is in keeping with the tradition of charity that has underpinned the values of the Hospices de Beaune since their creation in 1443.

  • How can I attend the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale live?

    To enter the “sacrosanct” auction venue, you have to show your credentials. Only registered professionals who have provided proof of their status can attend the auctions in Les Halles de Beaune.

    But the show is also outside, on the large Place de la Halle, where a giant screen is set up in front of the Hôtel-Dieu facade. Every year, hundreds of Beaune residents and wine enthusiasts come out to support the buyers with their cheers and applause.

    In 2022, Sotheby’s and the Domaine des Hospices Civils de Beaune broadcast the sale on their Youtube channel. You can subscribe to our Newsletter to receive the latest information.

  • What is the average price of a piece of wine sold at auction in Beaune?

    One piece of wine is equivalent to 228 liters of wine. The 802 pieces of wine were sold for a total of €32 million. This makes the average price per piece €39,900, or €175 per liter, or around €131 per bottle. Suffice it to say that the label stamped “Hospices de Beaune” is a guarantee of a rare and sought-after product.

    The barrels that won the highest bids were pieces of Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Cuvée Dames des Flandres. It took buyers €324,000 to win the auction for a single piece of this exceptional wine.

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