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2014 Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Guigone De Salins elevage Louis Jadot

Lightly worn label

ITEM 7976612 - Purchased at the annual Hospices de Beaune Auction by WineBid and imported direct from France.

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PRODUCER

Hospices de Beaune

Every November the annual Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction takes place in the heart of Burgundy. The auction is one of the wine world’s most prestigious and historic events. For 157 years the auction – which is a charitable event benefitting a hospital built in the 15th century -- has served as a bellwether for growers, negociants and collectors to gauge the quality of new vintage. The fine Burgundies offered to the participants in the Hospices de Beaune auction are made in very limited quantities, and they represent the best of traditional Burgundian winemaking.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Beaune

Beaune is the heart, soul and capital of Burgundy. A walled, medieval city of ancient buildings and cobble-stoned streets, Beaune is home to the annual Hospices de Beaune wine auction, a charity auction dating to the 15th century. Beaune has always been a natural crossroads, and it was a commercial center as far back as the Roman era. Today Beaune is home to many of Burgundy’s most famous negociants, including Drouhin, Jadot, Latour and Bouchard Pere et Fils. The Beaune appellation includes 1,620 acres of vineyards, of which 95% are planted to Pinot Noir, with the remainder to Chardonnay. Although there are no Grands Crus, there are 44 Premier Cru vineyards which account for nearly half the appellation’s vineyard acreage. The best vineyards are on the upper slopes around the town, and Beaune is especially known for its “clos,” or small, walled vineyards that are often parcels of larger vineyards. There are also Beaune village wines. Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote that the primary traits of Beaune reds in the best vintages are “an intense bouquet of berry fruit, principally black cherries and strawberries. The wines are rarely massive or large scaled, relying more on their smooth, silky, berry fruitiness and harmony to seduce…”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.

VINTAGE

2014 Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Guigone De Salins elevage Louis Jadot

Cuvée Guigone de Salins comes from the Premier Cru vineyards of Les Bressandes, Les Seurey and Champs Pimont. Nearly half of the cuvée is from the steep slopes of Les Bressandes, where the vines are 40 to 60 years old, some of the oldest in Beaune. The cuvée takes its name from Guigone de Salins, the wife of Nicolas Rolin, founder of the Hospices de Beaune charity hospital. After his death in 1461 Guigone de Salins took over management of the hospital, where she took care of the sick and elderly until her death at age 82. She devoted her life and much of her fortune to Hospices de Beaune, and the cuvée honors her memory. At the 2014 barrel tasting before the 2014 Hospices de Beaune Auction, Christie’s reviewer described the cuvée like this: “Of the Beaune’s (cuvées), this has one of the deepest purple colors. The aromas are currently subdued, but this is often the case with this wine, which regularly shows rich structure and powerful fruit, rather than youthful charms. It is beautifully balanced, with elegant tannins, fine acidity and impressive."