President’s Piece 480,000€ and Total 11,357,609€
The Hospices de Beaune celebrates 2015 with the Climats of Burgundy elevated to the UNESCO World Heritage List, elevated quality from a perfect growing season with 33 cuvées made by the new winemaker Ludivine Griveau, and elevated sale results at the annual charity wine auction on Sunday 15 November.
In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris on 13 November, all municipal public festivities surrounding the auction were cancelled. Antoine Jaqcuet, Director of the Hospices explained “we took the decision to maintain this charity auction to benefit the hospital.”
The market hall of Beaune stood still for the one minute’s silence before the national anthem the Marsellaise was sung in unison followed by supportive applause.
Bidding for the charity barrel brought the hall to successive standing ovations and a crescendo of clapping as the bids broke through previous records until the hammer fell to a final telephone bid of 480,000€ by an anonymous French philanthropist.
“The funds resulting from the sale of the Pièce des Présidents will be shared equally” announced Antoine Jacquet, but now in addition to the original two charities the Curie Institute (represented by honorary president and journalist Claire Chazal), and The Foundation for Research into Strokes (actor Christophe Lambert), and since the attacks on Paris and why the result was so high, also with the National Federation of Victims of Attacks and Accidents (FENVAC).
A total of 575 barrels were sold, with 458 red (37.82% increase from 2014) and 117 white (39.05% increase) with an average barrel price 18,880€ (up 37.3%). Another single barrel Clos de la Roche “Cuvée Cyrot-Chaudron” set a new record 117,700€ for the hospital. The total raised is 3 million euros more than the previous record of 8 million euros in 2014.
Negotiants purchased 60% and private buyers 40%, the vast majority from Europe. The highest buyer is again the Burgundy negotiant Albert Bichot, purchasing 61 barrels including 31 cuvées (24 red and 7 white) and grand crus.
Two barrels of the newly donated Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet Cuvée Jean-Marc Brocard sold for 11,770€ and 112,305€.
All prices include buyer’s premium.