Every November the city of Beaune (21 Côte d’Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) holds its world-renown auction of the Hospices de Beaune.
Whilst it may look like an opportunity for a host of fat cats and celebrities to indulge in lots of great Burgundy and sumptuous food, does serve a more serious purpose. Firstly, it is a charity event, raising money for good causes, for the local charity hospital and often for childrens charities
Secondly, it serves as a guide to Burgundy prices for the year, not in absolute terms but more as an inidcator of prices rising or falling.
The auction takes place in November, in Beaune‘s covered market, as is traditional. The directors of the Hospices de Beaune have asked Christie’s to organise the sales . Christie’s will continue its pursuit of the goals set with the Hospices, to renew and expand the international renown of the wine auction, attracting members of the public, and professionals of the wine trade, to bid from around the world. The auction will also benefit from the new, on-line auction service, Chtistie’s Live™
The Auction is the centrepiece of a three day celebration of Burgundy wines, otherwise known as “Les Trois Glorieuses” (the Three Glories)
15 – 17 November 2019 which starts on Saturday with a serious banquet at Clos Du Vougeot hosted by Les Chevaliers du Tastevin (brotherhood of the tasting bowl) and culminates Monday lunchtime with the “Paulée de Meursault” a combined lunch and tasting to celebrate the end of the harvest in this famous appellation which produces the best white Burgundy – see www.beaune-tourism.com
In July there is something altogether different at the Chateau de Pommard, just 5km from Beaune: The Rootstock Festival
With a line-up of international and home-grown Rock and Jazz artists, fine wine, fresh food and fireworks perfectly paired to excite all the senses, this two-day event spectacular will keep you and your friends dancing long after the music stops.
A feast of food stalls, two stages, Burgundy wine bar, Champagne bar, cocktail bar, smoothies, yoga, fashion and other zen activities are all yours to enjoy too, making Rootstock 2017 the perfect place to kickstart your Summer fun. So, come and discover the Côte d’Or as you’ve never seen it before.For more info see rootstockburgundy.com Next edition:
13 – 14 July 2019
the Le Chevreuil Hotel in Mersault.
For more info and to check availabilty at this Burgundy B&B see Chez les Fatien
For more info the Meursault wine village hotel see Le Chevreuil Hotel