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Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction


Ludivine Griveau and Julien Brocard present the 2021 Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet

Préhy, November 16 2021 – The 161st Hospices de Beaune wine auction will take place this Sunday November 21, under the direction of Sotheby’s. This year, a single barrel of Chablis Premier Cru La Côte de Léchet, donated by Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, will be proposed by the prestigious Domaine of the Hospices de Beaune charity (today comprising 60 meticulously-selected hectares in the Côte de Beaune, the Côte de Nuits and the Mâconnais). For the seventh year running, this will be the only Chablis to go under the hammer.

“We are proud that Chablis is once again in the spotlight at the 2021 Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction. 2021, with its many vicissitudes, was a particularly difficult year in Chablis, but one which, in the end, offered us the greatest of rewards,” reports Julien Brocard. “From the depths of chaos emerged tremendous hope and returns far beyond our expectations. This Côte de Léchet parcel, brought on entirely by Maison Brocard, tasked by the Hospices de Beaune to apply a joint specifications charter, is a superb example. Even if the yield was low, this Premier Cru Chablis demonstrates that careful work in the vines will, year after year, be rewarded with quality.”

The Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet 2021, by Ludivine Griveau, Hospices de Beaune Estate Manager.

“The Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet 2021 from the Hospices de Beaune was picked (by hand of course) on Saturday September 25, in fine weather. The yield was low, and the health of the parcel meant we needed to sort the grapes on the sorting table to ensure that only the best were retained. Since every berry counts, sorting has to be absolutely meticulous. We had to use a small 15hl pneumatic press to be able to effectively press such a small quantity. We only produced just over one barrel, so only one can be offered at the 161st Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction on November 21. The aromas are intense and fruity, with notes of pear, fennel and white peach. There is distinct but well-balanced acidity in the mouth, and the finish offers a lovely touch of bitterness and great persistence; a sign of the wine’s magnificent ageing potential.”


Jean-Marc Brocard is a family estate that has been making wines down the generations since 1973 from its organic vineyards in the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy. Scrupulously following the principles of organic agriculture to reveal the full force and charm of nature is the Brocard family’s creed in the Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis Village, and Petit Chablis appellations. Expressing all the richness of the Chablis terroir and revealing the beauty and origins of each parcel are what motivate the men and the women of the estate every day. This intransigent approach to quality and permanent quest for an authentic and remarkable wine has earned Jean-Marc Brocard worldwide renown.

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