Recently I was privileged to taste some of the great Hospices de Beaune (Burgundy) wines. These were the 2012 vintages, so not only are they “babies,” they are still infants.
Which made them all the more remarkable for how present they already are and how their destinies of future greatness are unmistakable.
Cuvée Dames de Flandres, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Tasting Notes: Golden robe with brilliant reflections. Elegant mineral nose. Citrus, green apple. Creamy mouth, terroir, mineral, taking on butter hint. Drink from mid 2013 on; Best to keep 3 – 8 years (or longer even).
Roland Masse, the Manager of the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune said this: When the grapes arrived at the wineries, they were in perfect health. We knew it was going to be a good year as soon as we tasted the musts.
Cuvée Dames de Flandres
[Excerpted from Christie’s Auction Catalogue]: This vineyard was planted in 1974. It was acquired by the Hospices in 1989, and named after the Ladies of Flanders, in commemoration of the origins of the community of Sisters who have cared for the sick of the Hôtel-Dieu, down the centuries. The vines lie in the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet. They regularly produce a great white wine which is striking for its minerality, its length of flavour, its capacity to age and its exceptional complexity.
Est. Barrel Price (at 2012 Auction): €40,000 – 60,000
2012 Sold For: €57,780 ($76,302) – Barrel