The time for the next Hospices de Beaune auction is nearing: November 19. If you want to join the fun, it’s time to prepare.
Readers of the Winehog will know that I am perhaps not the biggest fan of the Hospices de Beaune wines, although the recent vintages really have improved. This puts the Hospices wines in a new position, as demand is very strong for Burgundy.
There are therefore reasons why you perhaps should read the rest of this article, as the Hospices de Beaune offers some possibilities not found elsewhere in Burgundy.
The Hospices de Beaune offers the opportunity to buy full barrels (288 bottles or so) of 1er cru and grand cru wines of the latest vintage.
This is unique in Burgundy, where six to twelve bottles is the normal allocation for a grand cru. But with the Hospices wines, you need choose the right person to do the elevage if you want the best result and full hedonistic pleasure from the wine.
If you go on the offensive with the elevage and do more to adapt the wine to current taste, then you could possibly transform the Hospices wine into something quite to very interesting – although rarely or never a top 10 Burgundy.
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