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Allegrini 2018

THE ECHO OF THE ATTACKS THAT SHOCKED PARIS AND EUROPE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT HAS ARRIVED IN BEAUNE. THE 155TH “VENTE DES VINS DES HOSPICES DE BEAUNE” IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS AND IN SOLIDARITY TO THEIR FAMILIES.

The echo of the attacks that shocked Paris and Europe last Friday night has reached Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy, where the 155th edition of "Vente des vins des Hospices de Beaune", the auction run by Christie's that began yesterday, was characterized by a surreal atmosphere, dense with sadness.
The pain however, did not stop the race for solidarity, on the contrary, the "pièce du president", 228 liters of Renardes Corton Grand Cru, was sold to a French philanthropist for 480.000 euros, one third of which will go to the Federation Nationale des victimes of attentats et d'accidents collectifs, while the remaining two-thirds will go, as planned, to the Institute of Cancer Research and the Curie foundation research on AVC strokes).

The auction raised 11.34 million euros, 39% more than in 2014. The Brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin also participated and donated 40.000 Euros to the families of the 132 victims, remembering them with a minute of silence followed by the Marseillaise. “Go ahead, do not stop the auction”, said the co-president of the Hospice, Claire Chazal, and “this is the only way we have to fight and move on”.
The results of the auction, driven by the 2015 vintage, which is generating great expectations in Burgundy, showed the parallel growth in sales of both white wines (+ 38% compared to 2014, a total of 117 pièces) and red wines (+ 39% compared to 2014, 458 pièces). Wine dealers bought 60% of the pièces, while private buyers from Europe (76%), Asia (19%) and the US (5%) bought the remaining lots. The record for a single piece was the Clos de la Roche Cuvee Cyrot-Chaudron, which sold for 117.700 euros.
Info: www.hospices-de-beaune.com

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