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Les Hospices de Nuits
The 53rd Hospices de Nuits auction sale was held on 16th March in the cellars of the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.
The small care unit, founded in 1270, was converted in 1633 into a hospital comprising 4 beds.
In 1689 new premises were built with a capacity of 16 beds.
Today, there are about 150 beds out of which 120 are dedicated to dependent elderly people. Since 2010, a management agreement links its running to that of Beaune hospital.
The estate belongs to Nuits-Saint-Georges hospital but is financially independent.
As for the Hospices de Beaune, the vineyard has been constitued by donations over the years.
The Hospices own 12 hectares (29 acres) in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Premeaux-Prissey and Gevrey-Chambertin, producing 14 different “cuvees”.
The financial profits from the domain represent an important means of support for the hospital.
The Wine Auction
The Hospices de Nuits charity wine auction takes place each year in March.
It is one of the last auctions run according to the snuffing of a candle.
The wines from the last crop are auctioned. They show higher maturity than the wines sold at the Hospices de Beaune in November immediately after the harvest.
On 16th March, 107 casks of 228 litres (105 reds and 2 whites) of the 2013 vintage were auctioned.
The quality of the vintage combined with its rarity led to a price increase of 24.9% for the reds and 26.25% for the whites.
Each year, a cask is sold to raise money for a charitable cause.
This year, this charity cask reached 36 000€. This amount will go towards promoting research at the “Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière”. This foundation was represented by Professor Saillant and the French artist Patrick Timsit.
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