HOSPICES DE BEAUNE 2018: The Depth and Purity of Chablis (gift made by Jean Marc Brocard)


The 158th Hospices de Beaune wine auction will take place on Sunday 18 November, and will be run by Christie’s Auction House. For the fourth year running, the Premier Cru La Côte de Léchet, from Jean Marc Brocard, will be the only Chablis offered by the prestigious charitable estate, the Hospices de Beaune, which currently comprises 60 meticulously selected Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and Mâconnais hectares. “A winemaker’s vintage”, “with fine depth and density and with no trace of flabbiness”, the 2018 whites will be particularly sought after according to Ludivine Griveau, the Hospices estate manager.

Julien Brocard commented: “We are delighted with this 2018 vintage in Chablis, both because of its quality and its quantity. The precision and lucidity of every Chablis cru in 2018 already make this a benchmark vintage in Burgundy.  We have been completely bowled over by the generosity, opulence and persistence of the Premier Côte de Léchet. It is the perfect embodiment of what this fabulous terroir is capable of, in the knowledge that time will reveal all its splendour to those who know how to be patient.”

Tasting Notes of Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet 2018 from the Brocard family: “This Chablis Premier cru Côte de Léchet, made from grapes grown on a particularly steep parcel, in soil scattered with fossil shells of Exogyra virgula – a kind of prehistoric oyster – reveals its marine character on the first nose. The bright, chiselled purity of this wine perfectly expresses the intrinsic quality of its roots. It is the elegance of Chablis itself that is expressed in this wine which will gain in complexity over the next 20  years.”