Ventes des Vins and Hotels Dieus
The Hotel Dieu hospital in the Parvis in front of Notre Dame in Paris was lit up for Nuit Blanche on Saturday 2 October. A ceiling of glowing green lights was created over the courtyard, solar and sonically activated by the clapping of crowds below. This hospital is operational and in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable if you are ever in a medical emergency.
Another Hotel Dieu was highlighted in Paris on Wednesday when Christies presented the 150th Vente de Vins des Hospices de Beaune, followed by a tasting of the Hospices’ Meursault Genevrières 2006 Premier Cru and Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005.
Nearly half its age, the Ventes des Vins de Montmartre held its 77th edition of bottled wines on Thursday night at the restaurant La Bonne Franquette, during the five day Fêtes des Vendanges de Montmartre. This festival is the third largest in Paris after Paris Plage and Nuit Blanche. Guided by Thierry Desseauve and the Best Sommelier in the World 2004 Enrico Bernardo, bids opened high and sold well. The three bottles of Lucien Boillot Gevrey Chambertin and Volnay 2008 premiers crus I wanted started at 300 euros.
A great selection of biodynamic wines were served with dinner: Champagne Fourny, Domaine de Souch Jurançon Moelleux 2007, Domaine de l’Ecu Expression d’Orthogneiss Muscadet 2009, Domaine du Point du Jour Cuvée Tradition Fleurie 2009, and La Taille aux Loups Triple Zero Montlouis Pétillant non dosé.
The Clos de Montmartre dates back to 944 and today produces 1,500 bottles of wine each year. One of the great wines made there at the end of the 18th century was called the Goutte d’Or, a cuvée which continues to honour the tradition but today is made in the Burgundy village of Viré-Clessé.
A big round of applause may keep the traditional candle burning at the auction in November at the Hotel de Dieu in Beaune, as illuminating at the ceiling of the Hotel de Dieu in Paris last week.