The Hôtel-Dieu hospital was founded in Beaune in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor under Burgundy's ruler Duke Philip the Good, as a solution to the great poverty and sickness created in the aftermath of the Hundred Years War. Out of the Hôtel-Dieu, a group of carers formed called the Hospices de Beaune. Today the proceeds from their annual auction in November of young wines in the barrel are entirely used for the modernization of medical equipment in the new hospital, created in 1971, as well as other charitable projects in Beaune that provide care and shelter to the poor. The Hospices is the proprietor of over 61 ha in some of Burgundy's most prestigious vineyards, donated over the years by benevolent winegrowers. They have their own vineyard and winemaking team, comprising 23 different growers, headed up by Roland Masse, formerly winemaker at Domaine Bertagna.
Louis de Bahèzre de Lanlay was an inspector of telegraph lines, who bequeathed his fortune to the Hospices de Beaune in 1884, enabling the construction of a surgical block and an old people’s building.
This is the larger of the two Hospices Cuvées of Meursault-Charmes, and often the more mineral in character. It comes from very old vines: half from Charmes Dessous (planted 1947), half from Charmes Dessus (planted 1946).
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