posted on June 1, 2015
The important vineyards of Beaune
The small city of Beaune was founded by Julius Caeser, and went on to become the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy. It is the center of Burgundy's wine industry. Many of the larget négociants
(Drouhin, Jadot, Latour, etc.) are headquartered here. Almost three quarters of all vineyards are counted as Premier Cru. Among the more famous are Clos du Roi, Les Bressandes, Les Grèves,
and Clos de Mouche.
The city is also famous for the Hôtel Dieu,
a 15th century hospital that is the most popular tourist attraction in Burgundy.
Benefitting the hospital and its associated foundations, the annual Hospices de Beaune
wine auction is seen by many as a reliable indicator of bulk wine prices for the new vintage.
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