RECORD RESULTS AGAIN FROM THE HOSPICES DE BEAUNE WINE SALE €8 MILLION* – A 28% INCREASE, COMPARED TO 2013
HIGHEST EVER RESULT FOR A BURGUNDY WINE AUCTION
“LA PIÈCE DES PRÉSIDENTS” WAS BOUGHT BY MAISON ALBERT BICHOT AND CANADIAN FRIENDS FOR €220,000
Teddy Riner, Adriana Karembeu and Michel Drucker, selling the piece des Présidents
wine and 117 of white wine realized €7,856,475 including premium The President’s Barrel made €220,000
The White wines: +14.57% compared to previous year
The Red wines: +3.37% compared to previous year
Average price per barrel at €13,750; +5.66% compared to previous year
Sale total is up by 28% compared to previous year
THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF SELLING WINE IN BARRELS
Beaune – This year, the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune offered 417 barrels of red wine and 117 of white wine. The sale featured 33 Cuvées of red wine and 14 of white. Combined with La Pièce des Présidents and alcohols, the entire sale totalled €8,082,525, a new record result for any Hospices de Beaune wine sale (the previous record was €6.3 million, established in 2013). Today, we also established a record for any barrel sold during the Hospices de Beaune sale with the Clos de la Roche, Cuvée Cyrot-Chaudron which sold for 74,900 euros.
Antoine Jacquet, Director of the Hospices de Beaune commented: « We are very proud that a new record has been established, for the third consecutive year. The négociants (62% by value) were once again present on the phone, on the net and in the saleroom to bid on the 534 barrels offered, as well as private collectors (38% by value). This historic amount will permit the hospital to ensure the continued financing of the modernisations which began this year. On a personal note, I am very happy for our formidable vineyard manager and wine-maker Roland Masse who will soon leave us, after a (too short) mandate of 15 years. »
Since 2005, Christie’s has partnered with the Hospices de Beaune, and together they have not only organized the yearly sale in Beaune but also arranged dinners and tastings of Hospices de Beaune wines, in the USA, in Europe and across Asia since 2010.
Anthony Hanson, Master of Wine and Christie’s Senior Consultant added: “Many records were broken at the 154th Hospices de Beaune auction. Christie’s is proud to have been contributing to the improvement of the Hospices de Beaune Hospital for the last 10 years. This year, 125 buyers from 17 countries competed fiercely on the 47 Cuvées offered to realize the best sale since 1859. Numerous records were broken today. Amongst the emblematic Cuvées, the Clos de la Roche – Cuvée Cyrot-Chaudron realized an absolute record for any barrel sold at the Hospices de Beaune auction, selling for €74,900.
Amongst the Grands Crus whites, highlights were the exceptional prices for Bâtard-Montrachet Dames de Flandres, which realized a new record of €70,620. These magnificent results confirm once again the remarkable commitment and high standards of the Hospices de Beaune vignerons, and winery teams – who have together produced outstanding wines in 2014.”
THE PRESIDENT’S BARREL
SELLING FOR 220,000 euros
Since 1978, the Hospices has donated each year one or more barrels, known as the Pièce des Présidents, to be auctioned for carefully selected charitable purposes. From the 1945 vintage onwards, an Honorary President has presided over each wine sale. This year, the president’s barrel was Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru – Cuvée des Présidents, which was sold for the benefit of the Toutes à l’école Foundation presided over by Michel Drucker and Tina Kiffer, whilst Teddy Riner and Adriana Karembeu represented the Imagine
Foundation. The Pièce des Présidents was bought by Maison Albert Bichot and Canadian friends, for the
sum of 220,000 euros. The proceeds will be shared amongst the two charities.
* total including the premium, the President Piece and the spirits