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Pleasure / November 2018

The Oenophile: Barrels of Fun in Burgundy

The Rake’s resident oenophile, Christie’s International Director Wine Tim Triptree MW finds there are barrels of fun to be had at this month’s prestigious Hospices de Beaune auction…

The 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, venue of the Hospices de Beaune wine auction.

For Burgundy wine enthusiasts, a very important date is approaching with the 158th Hospices de Beaune wine auction which will be taking place on the 18th November 2018 in the historic town of Beaune in France. Many events take place over that weekend celebrating the wines and food of Burgundy including what the locals call “Les Trois Glorieuses”, three glorious events that take place annually on the third weekend of November. The first is a black-tie dinner on the Saturday evening at the spectacular Château du Clos Vougeot hosted by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. The second is the Hospices de Beaune wine auction held in the fifteenth century Hôtel-Dieu (more of which I will explain later). And the third is arguably the world’s finest BYOB lunch starting at midday on the Monday in the Château de Meursault, which is called the La Paulée de Meursault and invariably continues long into the evening. Legendary vintages of finest and rarest wines are opened and shared amongst the lucky attendees - many oenophiles consider this lunch a lifetime’s vinous highlight!  I would highly recommend planning a visit to Beaune over this very special festive Hospices de Beaune weekend.

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