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The city in the Côte de Beaune area, the southern part of the Côte d'Or is considered the wine capital of French Burgundy (the political capital is Dijon). The town was founded as a Roman camp by Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) and was the seat of the kings of Burgundy until the 13th century. In 1443, under Duke Philip the Good (1396-1467), Nicolas Rolin (1376-1462) founded the world-famous "Hôtel Dieu" (Hotel of God), the Christian Hospices de Beaune, which was used as a hospital until 1971. In the 18th century, the first large wine trading houses such as Champy (1720) and Bouchard (1721) were established in the city. The annual auction of wines for charity is now a world event

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