Domaine de Montille Hospices de Beaune 2019 Syndicate Auction

Update On Our Successful Bids for the Syndicate Barrels

We have spent a long weekend in Burgundy sampling the 2018 vintage and are very excited to announce our successful bids for the syndicate barrels which we will be able to offer to everybody in January. What a curate’s egg of a vintage!
The sunny weather led to some wildly soupy 14%+ ABV wines which will please alcopop lovers more than Burgundy freaks but where winemakers used judgement on picking dates and judicious winemaking practices there are some truly great reds with long cellaring potential. Guess which we have selected!

Recap on Hospices de Beaune

Established in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy, the Hospices de Beaune served as a charitable hospital for the poor until the Revolution. As a result Hospices de Beaune devised an annual wine auction in 1859 and it's been held every year since. Today, the wines are offered for sale from an estate made up of donations totaling more than 60 hectares of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards and each year the Hospices de Beaune puts all the profits towards a chosen charity.

Sneak peak inside the auction room..

The Paulée lunch at the 1243 members club adjoining the Hospices was stunning, with heaped plates of fruits de mer filling us up before the hefty main course. Three of the syndicate members joined us, and had far more chance than us to sample the Romanée Saint Vivant 1976, Clos Vougeot 2003 and Échezeaux 2000 on offer, as we needed clear heads for the auction.
In order to select the cuvées, we sought input from multiple figures who helped us rule out a number of cuvées and create a shortlist of exceptional wines which we tend for.  Both wines we chose were on Brian Sieve from Domaine de Montille ‘A-list’.
The game plan of Nathan and Tom was so great we managed to secure two barrels of Pommard Premier Cru ‘Les Dames de la Charité’ for a price below the average.  This all happened so quickly that we were able to return to the club for dessert and a celebratory nip of Echezeaux.

What happens now?

The next steps are to deliver the barrels from the hospices to Domaine de Montille and transfer the wine into new barrels for élevage.  We’ll then be discussing the style of elaboration with Brian.

More on our Syndicate wines

The Red Syndicate Wine: Pommard 1er Cru, Cuvée Dames de la Charité

Notes on our red Syndicate wine from wine experts and friends of Honest Grapes.

2019 is a superbly concentrated vintage for red wines, having enjoyed a fine warm summer which ripened the grapes so well but with volumes a little down against the average. A key factor however is that despite the sugar levels and the concentration of fruit flavours, acidity also remained high, so we have red wines full of energy and drive.
Ripe warm years such as 2018 and 2019 have been very kind to Pommard.
70% of the cuvée comes from Pommards top 1er Crus - Les Rugiens and Les Epenots (both longstanding contenders for Grand Cru status), the rest form 1er Crus Combes Dessus and La Réfene.
“Full dense purple. Here there are several layers of fruit on the nose, an impressive weaving of multiple red fruits with just an occasional dark berry note. This is a cuvée in total harmony on the palate, again the fruit appearing in nuanced waves, and with sublime persistence freshened up by just the right acidity. It is a special treat to enjoy a Pommard which contains both of the villages top vineyards, Rugiens and Epenots.”
Tom Harrow of Honest Grapes:
Compact, inky red fruits, cedar, earth. Light ferrous, floral and herbaceous notes.  Bright acidity and fresh, juicy cherry tannins.  Herbal, spicy, deftly made, with impressive intensity, depth and richness

The White Syndicate Wine: Meursault Cuvée Goureau

Notes on our white Syndicate wine from wine experts and friends of Honest Grapes.

  • Brian Sieve, Head Winemaker at Domaine de Montille:

“2019 is a vintage apart for the white wines: the sunshine summer has given us ultra-concentrated wines which are mostly between 13.5 and 14% alcohol, but uniquely in such a circumstance, the pH has remained low and acidities high so that the wines retain a scintillating natural freshness alongside their undoubted concentration. These will make superb wines for long term keeping.”
Les Peutes Vignes (surrounded by 1er Crus Les Santenots du Milieu and Les Pures), Les Grands Charrons (touching 1er Cru Goutte d’Or) and 1er Crus Les Cras and Poruzots:
“Clear light yellow colour, with classy fruit immediately apparent on the nose. This has excellent structure and impressive detail, with waves of ripe fruit swaying across the palate and fine intensity at the back. The flavours linger beautifully at the end. A pity there is not more of this excellent cuvée!”

  • Tom Harrow of Honest Grapes:

Much more complex (than the Cuvée Loppin) and with far better acidity.  Gingery green apple and pear skin nose and hints of nuts.  Rich but racy palate, great drive and salinity, great texture, long, pure, focussed and with an impressive finish.

  • Ludivine comments on the vintage generally as well as specific wines we bid on:

“2019 was finally Burgundian – in other words the quality and style were unexpected given the extremes of weather, but ultimately the texture of the tannins and good levels of acidity have led to a very balanced vintage and the most even-handed in quality for reds and whites since 2010”

  • Specific notes on Pommard 1er Cru Les Dames de la Charité:

“One of my favourites!  More than any other cuvées, the Pommard 1er Cru sites had the most regular ripening in 2019, which gave excellent phenolic maturity and really fine texture to the tannins”

  • Specific notes on Meursault Goureau:

“I love it!  From Peutes Vignes, Grands Charrons and a dash of 1er Cru Poruzots.  This has a very nice level of acidity, very pure fruit. It has good alcohol and concentration because of the warmth but the autolytic bitterness we look for in great Chardonnay.”

Don't miss your chance to taste and drink Burgundy!

Here's a note on forthcoming Burgundy-related events. Be sure to RSVP quickly as we wouldn't want you to miss out:

  • 28.11.19 An evening with Domaines Albert Bichot with winemaker Matthieu Mangenot – dinner at 67 Pall Mall (£60 for Hospice Syndicate and Club Pontet Labrie members, otherwise £140. (Only a few tickets left)

  • 8.1.20 Philippe Pacalet Dinner – he’s astonishing and his 2018’s are a treat! (Pre-register now, spaces fill up immediately)

  • 14.1.20 Honest Grapes Burgundy En Primeur 2018 tasting at 67 Pall Mall (Pre-register now, spaces fill up immediately)