The "Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Cuvee Arthur Girard" of "Hospices de Beaune", the Cote de Beaune, has the true meaning of Pinot, what in Burgundy they call the sensation of fruits à noyau, meaning a reference to the essence of Cherry, rather than red plum or nectarine mature. A wine really over the lines. Very great vintage.
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|Alcohol Content||13% vol.|
|Formats||Bottle of 750 ml.|
|Tasting||Color: light ruby red. Scent: powerful, with a bouquet that expresses scents of candied fruit, red currants, spices and moss. Taste: round and full, with an elegant, perfectly balanced structure between tannic and acidic ingredients.|
|Food matches||Red Meat, Roasted Beef, White Meat, Aged Cheese|
|Service temperature||18° - 20° C.|
|Suggested glass||Tulip glass very large|
Hospices de Civiles de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse founded in 1443 in the town of Beaune. It is now a modern hospital, with the original buildings serving as a museum. Since 1859, a charity wine auction has raised funds for the hospital with the wines produced being released under the Hospice's umbrella label.
The auction of these just-made wines in barrel takes place on the third Sunday in November, with both amateurs and professionals bidding. Prices tend to exceed 'normal' market values but give some indication of likely trends for bulk wine prices for the coming year. The wines are then shipped to the negociant-eleveur designated by the purchaser (who may themselves be a wine producer) who age the wines in barrel and then bottle them. The name of this company typically appears on the label, along with the purchaser and the cuvée name. Thus the style of any given cuvée can vary greatly from year to year.
Christies have managed the event since 2005. Auction tastings now take place in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.