On Friday, December 15, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) held its traditional end-of-year General Meeting.
The first part of the meeting was devoted to signing off the accounts for the 2022-2023 financial year and taking stock of its activities.
The second part saw the transfer of power from François Labet to Laurent Delaunay. Mr Delaunay, of the négoce family, becomes Chairman of the BIVB for the next two years. François Labet, who has held the position since 2021, will assist him as Co- Chairman.
Mr Delaunay immediately took the floor to congratulate some of his predecessors, in particular Pierre-Henry Gagey, Frédéric Drouhin and the late Louis-Fabrice Latour: "They are the people who 'trained' me and made me want to give something back to the industry…,” he said. He also asked for a minute's silence as a tribute to Pau Roca, Director of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine), who died the previous week, saying: "I would like to pay tribute to this staunch defender of the industry, both within the Spanish Wine Federation and during his term of office at the OIV, where he played an important role, recognised by all. He was the driving force behind the OIV coming to Dijon and the organisation of the 2024 Congress (see further below)."
The new Chairman then turned to his new role, saying: "Our Wine Board is a complex entity: it brings together many different areas of expertise and is made up of professionals at the top of their game who we can call on. It also interacts with a whole ecosystem and a large number of interlocutors (at local, regional, national and international levels)."
He then outlined some of the priorities for the next two years:
Mr Delaunay knows he can rely on François Labet, his co-Chairman, with whom he has an excellent relationship, to move forward on these issues.
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Christian Vanier, the former director of the BIVB who retired in July, has also taken on a new role as co-commissioner for organising the OIV Centenary Congress, scheduled to take place in Dijon from October 11 to 18, 2024. He will hold this position alongside Béatrice Frécenon.
The event will begin with a ministerial commission (October 11 to 13), before the official opening of the Congress on the morning of October 14. The Congress marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the OIV, and coincides with its move to the Hôtel Bouchu d'Esterno in Dijon.
For the occasion, Bourgogne will become the centre of the wine world.