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The 163rd Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction Brings €23.3 Million / $25.4 Million

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The 163rd Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction Brings €23.3 Million / $25.4 Million

*The Second Highest Total in its History*

-The ‘Pièce des Présidents’ Charity Barrel of Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru  Sells for €350,000 / $381,815

-Proceeds to Benefit the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) & the Initiative de Recherche pour une Longévité en Bonne Santé (IRLB)

BEAUNE, MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2023 – Yesterday’s sale of the 163rd Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction brought a total of €23,279,800 / $25.4 million (an aggregate total of €25.1m / $27.4m) – the second highest ever achieved for the annual auction established in 1859. By the time the hammer fell on the final lot, three auctioneers – Aurélie Vandevoorde, Aurélie Massou and Jeanne Calmont – had conducted the seven-hour sale in rotation, in front of a packed 700-strong audience in the Halle de Beaune. The sale attracted participants from 24 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Guillaume Koch, Director and Chairman of the Board of the Hospices Civils de Beaune, said: “We experienced the second-best charity auction of Hospices de Beaune wines. This result, despite a slight decrease compared to 2022, confirms the quality of the wines produced by the Hospices de Beaune estate from a surprising 2023 vintage. I would like to thank all the buyers, especially our long-standing partners, and I look forward to seeing you in 2024 with the first of our certified organic wines!”

Ludivine Griveau, Manager of the Hospices de Beaune wine estate, said: “This very fine charity sale is a beautiful embodiment of the balance we always strive to obtain in our wines. This year I had to make some strong choices in the vineyard and during the harvest with my team, which resulted in lower quantities than expected, but the 2023 vintage will stand proudly on its own as it charts a promising course. At its heart, the Hospices de Beaune is a beautiful institution and I hope that these wines will bring pleasure to all the winning bidders. I am hugely grateful to everyone who took part.”

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