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.
Meursault-Genevrières Premier Cru – Cuvée Philippe le Bon
Tasting Notes: Philippe Le Bon was the Duke of Burgundy (1419-1467). This is one of the most, if not the most, popular Burgundy White in Japan. 2012 vintage has top-notes of white flowers, tint of butter. Delicate citrus and white flowers on the mouth. Drink from late 2013 on or keep 3 – 5 years or more.
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.
[Excerpted from Christie’s Auction Catalogue]: This Cuvée pays homage to Philippe le Bon, Duke of Burgundy, who gave his backing and authority to Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, during the latter’s establishment of the Hôtel-Dieu [that’s “hospital” in French], from 1443. It is regularly one of the finest whites, and fiercely contested at auction.
Est. Hospice de Beaune Auction Price 2012: €8000 – 12000 (barrel)