God’s hostel still raises a glass for good causes

Emily Commander visits Beaune in Burgundy, where the town’s historic almshouse plays host to an annual charity wine auction

One of the most prestigious wine auctions in the world takes place every year on the third Sunday in November in Beaune, Burgundy. Organised by Christie’s, it attracts fine wine connoisseurs with big budgets looking to buy grands crus and premiers crus, and the amounts raised act as an international barometer for that year’s vintage.

Surprisingly, though, its goal is not to make private profit, but to raise money for a 500-year-old charitable foundation known as ...

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