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163rd Hospices de Beaune wine sale: two charities to support the healthy ageing

From 17/11/2023 to 19/11/2023

Hospices de Beaune wine auction 2023

The 163rd Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale on 19 November to Offer 753 Barrels from all 51 Cuvées Produced from the 2023 Harvest.

Sale of Unique ‘Presidents’ Barrel’ of Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru to Benefit the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) & the Initiative de Recherche pour une Longévité en Bonne Santé (IRLB).

The 163rd edition of the annual Hospices de Beaune wine sale on Sunday, 19 November will present a total of 51 different cuvées of the 2023 vintage produced from vineyards across the Hospices’ 60-hectare holdings, now in its third and final year of organic conversion. These 51 cuvées will be divided into 753 lots: 574 barrels of red wines and 179 barrels of white wines. With the addition of the unique Presidents’ Barrel and 16 barrels of eaux de vie, this year’s sale comprises 770 barrels in total.

Sotheby's is working with the Hospices de Beaune, in preparation for the 163rd edition, for the third consecutive year. Funds raised from the sale will be used to finance major new structural projects in 2024. These include the construction of a new hospital building to replace the first building of the modern era which dates to 1971 (due to open in four years), the rebuilding of the hospital in Seurre, the renewal of hospital equipment with cutting edge technology, and a modernisation of the winery.

Earlier this year, the Hospices Civils de Beaune pledged its commitment to support the issue of healthy ageing, in response to a concern about this public health priority. The proceeds from the sale of the special Charity barrel, also known as the Pièce des Présidents (Presidents’ Barrel), will be sold in aid of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) and the Initiative de Recherche pour une Longévité en Bonne Santé (IRLB) – both of which are dedicated to maintaining life expectancy in good health for all. Distinguishing this year’s Charity barrel is not only the wine within – a Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru – but also the material with which it was made: the wood of an oak tree used to restore the spire of Notre Dame in Paris.

Press events around the sale:

  • Monday 13 November: Publication of the press release and video on the 2023 vintage by the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), including a weather summary and indications of the quality we anticipate
  • Thursday 16 November (from 3pm to 6pm, by invitation only): Le Roi Chambertin tasting organized by the ODG management organizations and the Gevrey-Chambertin winegrowing union. Exclusively reserved for journalists, tasters, and wine professionals. You can request your invitation from Fabienne Nicot -
  • Friday 17 November: The 150th Fête des Grands Vins de Bourgogne at the Palais des Congrès in Beaune. Click here for more information.

Considered the oldest wine event to-date, the Fête des Grands Vins opens its doors on Friday 17 November from 9:30am - 2:30pm for wine professionals; from 9:30am - 12:30pm for journalists; and from 2pm – 7pm for the general public. It is also open on Saturday 18 November from 9am to 7pm for the general public. The most recent vintages of all appellations in the Greater Bourgogne region, from Chablis to the Grand Crus of the Côte d'Or and down to the Mâconnais, will be offered for tasting at the event.

- 9:30am to 12:30pm – Opening to journalists*
The BIVB press office will be on hand to offer a personalized welcome. If you’d like to make an appointment, please email, or contact her on the day.
Reminder: You do not need a Hospices press badge to enter the tasting. The BIVB’s press office will issue you with a badge upon your arrival.

-11am – Special press tasting*

This year, the tasting will showcase three appellations:
Saint-Véran, click for more information
Morey-Saint-Denis et Chambolle-Musigny: Enjoy a foretaste of the cuvées that will make up the Saint-Vincent Tournante, which runs in January 2024. Click here for more information on this event.

  • Saturday 18 November (3:30pm): Introduction to the 2023 vintage and wine tasting session with Ludivine Griveau, vineyard-manager and winemaker Domaine des Hospices de Beaune*. O n invitation only - Number of seats limited to 25
  • Sunday 19 November

- 9:45am - Press conference* of the Hospices de Beaune and the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) inside the Halles de Beaune, Place de l'Hôtel Dieu*
Présentation of the 2023 vintage,  snapshot of the market, introduction of the charities being supported by the sale of the Pièce des Présidents, and provide an update on the latest news from the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune and its various projects.By invitation only

- 2:30pm – Opening of the 163rd Hospices de Beaune Charity wine sale wine, inside the Halles de Beaune, Place de l'Hôtel Dieu*. The press office is located just above the auction room. (with wifi access)
By invitation only.

*Invitations to take part in the various events has been sent out by the Hospices de Beaune.

To register click here

BIVB Press contacts
Cécile Mathiaud - - International Press - + 33 (0)6 08 56 85 56
Mathilde Paturaud - - French Press - + 33 (0)6 78 78 07 68

Hospices de Beaune Press contact
Estelle Bidault - - + 33 (0)6 73 91 77 79