Corton Clos du Roi to headline Hospices sale

A barrel of 2018 Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi is to be the Pièce des Présidents at this year’s Hospices de Beaune auction.

The wine was chosen on the strength of this year’s Pinot Noir crop which seems to be very promising across Burgundy.

The Clos du Roi is one of the most prestigious climats on the Corton Hill and was one of the wines of choice of the French royal court from the 16th century.

Tonnellerie Ermitage has made the barrel in which the wine will be aged and sold in.

The proceeds from the sale of the barrel will this year be donated to the Institut Pasteur, an international biomedical research organisation and Asmae Association Soeur Emmanuelle, an NGO dedicated the education and protection of vulnerable children around the world.

Actresses Nathalie Baye and Alice Taglioni and member of l’Académie Française Erik Orsenna have been invited to represent the charities this year.

François Poher, director of the Hospices, said: “In September and October 2018, the Hospices Civils de Beaune inaugurated the new Saint-Laurent Hospital in Nuits-Saint-Georges and the new premises of the Philippe Le Bon Hospital in Beaune, which is now home to, among other things, specialist consultations, outpatient services and the new delivery rooms, one with dedicated physiological support.

“Directing the Hospices de Beaune means above all continuing and improving the original work of Nicolas Rolin and Guigone de Salins, combining an original and prestigious Wine Estate with one of the most visited monuments in France today, while being faithful to the principles on which the Hôtel-Dieu was founded in 1443, and providing the best quality care for the local population in modern, specially adapted, safe and human health facilities.

“Buying one or more barrels from the 2018 Vintage during the wine auction means being part of this History and the promise of sharing fine wines with family or friends for a good cause.”

The 158th Hospices de Beaune auction will take place on 18 November.

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