On 16-18 November, the 158th annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune achieved a new record sales total of €14.1 million. The average price achieved for a barrel of red was €15,486, and €21,212 for white. The average price for all barrels was €16,850, a rise of 19% compared to 2017.
A barrel of Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru ‘Cuvée Dames de Flandres’ was the auction’s top-selling lot, at €135,000. The charity barrels (which are counted separately from the rest of the results) of Corton Clos du Roi and Meursault premier cru ‘Les Genevrières’ went for €230,000.
François Poher, director of the Hospices de Beaune, said in a statement: “On 10 November 1918, the Hospices de Beaune wine sale broke all records, encouraged by the peace celebration but also thanks to a remarkable harvest, both in quantity and quality. A century later, the sale reached new records. Every day, the hospitals of the Hospices de Beaune are striving to achieve excellence. This is based on more than five centuries of commitment by women and men to this important cause. The result of this sale will give us the possibility to invest for the patients, and to innovate.”
The funds raised will be donated to the Institut Pasteur (supported by French actress Nathalie Baye and French writer Erik Orsenna), to ASMAE, which continues the work of Sœur Emmanuelle for disadvantaged children (sponsored by French actor Pascal Elbé) and to BAB, an association that works for sick children and their families at the Trousseau Hospital (represented by French actress Emmanuelle Béart).