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Hospices de Beaune auction badly hit by vintage conditions

on 04/11/13 at 10:54 am


imagesThe annual charity auction at the Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy this November will be one of the smallest in years – but the wines show promise.

Atrocious conditions throughout the season, including a devastating hailstorm in July, means that this year’s sale will be smaller again than 2012.

Only 443 barrels will be up for sale, compared to 518 last year and 761 in 2011 although 43 crus including Corton, Bâtard-Montrachet, Meursault, Mazis-Chambertin and Beaune 1er cru, will be available.

French actress Clothilde Courau and comedian Laurent Gerra will act as auctioneers for the “Pièce du Président”, a sale for the children’s charity Le Petit Prince, this year a Meursault-Genevrières, Cuvée Philippe Le Bon.

Last year the top lot was a barrel of Corton Charlotte Dumay, which was sold by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Guy Roux for €270,000.

Last year’s auction raised €5.2 million despite its small size, although it is feared this year’s sale will not reach quite as much.