Hospices De Beuane Welcomes New White To 2014 Auction


A new Cuvée of white wine has been added to this year's Hospices de Beaune auction in Beaune (Burgundy) on November 16. Christie's France will host the auction.
The addition of the cru wine, called Cuvee Suzanne et Raymond, will boost the yearly auction's lot totals to 20 percent higher than what they were in 2013.
According to Hospices de Beaune's auction website, the Suzanne et Raymond is named after the couple whom first donated the vineyard in 1979. The land was originally used for pinot noir grapes. However, in 2010, Chardonnay grapes replaced the pinot noir.
There will be six barrels of the Suzanne et Raymond for sale at the auction. One critic said the cru has  rich fruit, praising the texture and the crispness of the wine.
The introduction of the new wine is a small joy for Burgundy, a region which saw several of its vineyards endure extensive hail damage this past summer.
Other highlights of the auction will be an excellent Santenay and three Cuvées of Corton Grand Cru.
Buyers purchase barrels, which are then maintained by the winery for up to two years. The wine is then bottled in a bottle of appropriate size and wine labels are made to the specifications provided by the purchaser. 
Proceeds from the yearly auction, now in its 154th year, will be given to the hospice's charities – the hospital itself, the maintenance of the vineyards and the conservation of the Beaune heritage.
“By taking part in the auction,” organizers said, “you are not only contributing to carry out a long charity tradition, you are also enjoy a great Burgundy wine.

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