The Hôtel-Dieu hospital was founded in Beaune in 1443 by the Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor under Burgundy's ruler Duke Philip the Good, as a solution to the great poverty and sickness created in the afternmath of the Hundred Years War. Out of the Hôtel-Dieu a group of carers formed called the Hospices de Beaune. Today the proceeds from their annual auction in November of young wines in barrel are entirely used for the modernisation of medical equipment in the new hospital, created in 1971, as well as other charitable projects in Beaune that provide care and shelter to the poor. The Hospices is proprietor of over 61 ha in some of Burgundy's most prestigious vineyards, donated over the years by benevolent winegrowers. They have their own vineyard and winemaking team, comprising 23 different growers, headed up by Roland Masse, formerly winemaker at Domaine Bertagna.
Meursault is the largest commune in the Côte de Beaune (spanning over 370ha) producing predominantly white wines. There are no Grand Cru vineyards, but its Premier Crus can equal the best white wines in the Côte de Beaune. The finest vineyards are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, and Les Charmes. In addition Meursault has a plethora of other named vineyards that aren't Premier Cru but nonetheless show their own distinct characteristics and can offer excellent value, some of the best are Chevalières, Tessons, Clos de la Barre, Luchets, Narvaux, and Tillets. These are lower-lying than the Premiers Crus but are much more interesting than the villages wines of Puligny where the water table is higher. The low water-table is also the reason why some of the region's deepest cellars can be found in Meursault. The commune is big so the style and quality are varied. Generally speaking Meursault is known for its full body and, nutty, buttery character. The best examples have enough vitality and acidity to balance out the 'fat.'