The prestigious Hospices de Beaune wine auction, organised by Christie’s Auction House, will take place on November 20. For the second year running the Premier Cru La Côte de Léchet, offered by Jean-Marc Brocard, will be the only Chablis proposed by this renowned charitable organisation, the Hospices de Beaune (composed today of 60 meticulously selected hectares in the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and the Mâconnais). This year the small volume (1 feuillette of 114 liters and 1 piece of 228 liters in 2016, 25% less than in 2015) due to the meteorological conditions of 2016 will go down in the annals of the Hospices auction.
Julien Brocard explains: “Only 342 liters, equivalent to about 450 bottles, will be available for sale this year. This historically low volume reflects the harsh reality of the 2016 vintage in Chablis. In the past, other vintages from other Burgundy appellations have made history at the Hospices de Beaune auction. But what will no doubt remain in the collective memory about this year is the cruel suffering that Chablis endured in its very heart. That is the way of Nature, but we would much have preferred it otherwise.”
Tasting Notes of Premier Cru La Côte de Léchet, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, by Jasper Morris – Master of Wine – for Christie’s:
The second vintage of this wine, and alas a very small crop which is being raised in one new feuillette of 114 litres and one normal barrel, of one year old wood. The wine has fallen bright and clear. The bouquet shows bright fruit with some apple notes, after which the more classical marine mineral style of Chablis will develop during time in barrel. There is more white fruit on the palate, a silky texture and a fresh finish, beginning to show some mineral qualities.