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The 157th sale of the Hospices de Beaune, a record but not necessarily a good news …


With an amount that exceeded 13, 5 million euros, the 157th auction of the Hospices de Beaune,which contains the best wines of Burgundy, reached a record. 630 pieces of red wine and 157 of white wine were offered for sale. 

Christie’s can display extreme contentment. As well as the three associations supported this year by the fondations of the Hospices : the Tara Expéditions Foundation represented by Agnès B and actress Julie Depardieu, the Federation for Brain Research sponsored by Marc-Olivier Fogiel and the Alzheimer Research Foundation supported by Charles Aznavour.

Founded by Nicolas Rolin – the Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy – and his wife Guigone de Salins, the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune in 1443 was to help the “poor sick”. What he continues to do today.

Both, humble tasters and even the Burgundian vine growers at the head of their family estates probably have nothing to look forward of that news.  The auction result is a further sign that Burgundian wines are becoming even more expensive to savour.

Consequently, the price of land which, as elsewhere, at the time of inheritance, requires to cut up the family estate for the greater profit from pension funds and other plutocrats Russian, Chinese … even French. The swiss philosophe Rousseau must turn in his grave in front of this application Burgundian totally reversed from his saying: the fruits are to all, and the land is nobody …

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