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N°213 / February 2018

François Labet (left) from Château de la Tour, and Louis-Fabrice Latour (right) from Maison Latour) © BIVB /

Three priority areas for the co-presidents of the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB)

François Labet and Louis-Fabrice Latour have known one another for many years. During the General Assembly of the BIVB on 25 January when they were elected, they confirmed their desire to work together, in the interests of their respective sectors, to allow the Bourgogne winegrowing region to continue its growth, while anticipating and facing the challenges to come.
The workload for this new mandate (2018-2021) may be heavy, but it continues the work achieved during the previous mandate around three key thrusts:
- Major projects of structural importance: Those already launched (Cité des Vins et des Climats de Bourgogne and the Regional Charter to “Engage our terroirs with our territories”) and the Defigreff project, which will be submitted for approval in July.
- The BIVB to encourage more participation from industry stakeholders: By focusing a large part of the budget on R&D and increasing efforts to transfer the results into the vines, and by digitizing the DRM (official document logging wine entering and leaving the property).
- A team to serve the industry: Mainly through marketing strategies to promote lesser-known Régionale and Village AOCs, and and by preparing for our strategy after the conclusion of the Plan 2020.

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Visit Bourgogne (not Burgundy) by car, bicycle, horses, balloon... © BIVB / Lukam
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Wine tourism: Prepare your Bourgogne adventures with the new “En Route” guide

The 2018 edition of the “En Route vers les Bourgogne” handbook is now available, both in a printed format and online. It’s perfect for planning vacations, mini-breaks, and gourmet weekends. 
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#BourgogneWeek Hong Kong unveiling ‘a legendary’ new vintage

Bourgogne showcases its latest vintage at ‘Bourgogne Week 2018’ in Hong Kong from 26 February to 2 March 2018.
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Never miss another thing when it comes to the latest news from the Bourgogne winegrowing region!

The BIVB’s online press room contains a wealth of useful info, and a simple sign up will make sure you’re kept you up-to-speed with the latest press releases.
Clos de Vougeot, Romanée-Conti, Montrachet, Chablis Grand Cru... it's a dream coming true! © BIVB / Sébastien Narbeburu
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The Ultimate Bourgogne wine tasting: 33 Grands Crus

33 Grand Crus of the Bourgogne winegrowing region are revered by wine-lovers the world over. If you feel the same, then you should sign up for this exclusive three-day training session in June during which you can sample and explore the very quintessence of Bourgogne wines.
A competition to define the best wines from the 4 Chablis AOCs © All rights reserved
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24 medal winners at the Chablis Wine Competition

At the 32nd edition of the Chablis Wine Competition in January, 24 wines won medals, across the four appellations of Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru.
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Some dates for your diary

Don't miss out on any upcoming events involving Bourgogne wines and their producers.

Economic updates

2017, a very good vintage in Bourgogne © BIVB /
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The 2017 harvest: Back to normal in the Bourgogne winegrowing region

With a harvest volume of some 1.508 million hectoliters, the Bourgogne winegrowing region has returned to more normal production levels. 
Hong Kong a very important market for Bourgogne wines in Asia © All rights reserved
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Hong Kong: A market open to all Bourgogne appellations

Bourgogne wines showing good results over the first 11 months of 2017, with a new record for revenue. 

News from the wine region

Marion Saüquère, new director for the Syndicate of Winemakers in Bourgogne © CAVB
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A new director for the Bourgogne winegrowing syndicate

On 16 January, Marion Saüquère took over from Thomas Nicolet to head up the Confédération des Appellation et Vignerons de Bourgogne (CAVB).
Virtual reality at the Maison des Climats, or how to explain a very old concept with modern facilities © Michel Joly
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An augmented reality view of the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region

Since it opened in 2017, the Maison des Climats in Beaune have lived up to expectations. More than 20,000 visitors have already passed through its doors, enjoying an experience that involves cutting-edge technology to tell an ancient story.
Come and celebrate 20 years of Viré-Clessé in the Mâconnais ©  All rights reserved - Viré-Clessé
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Viré-Clessé celebrates its 20th anniversary

It’s not every day that one celebrates such a milestone, and that’s the spirit behind the festivities organized by the Viré-Clessé AOC for 14 & 15 April. 
A new glass invented to taste Bourgogne wines ©  All rights reserved
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Soon time for the 101st Tastevinage!

On 23 March, the Château du Clos de Vougeot will be welcoming the 101st edition of the Tastevinage, organized by the Chevaliers du Tastevin brotherhood. 

Winemakers and Maisons

Maison Albert Bichot to welcome a new estate manager in Chablis ©  All rights reserved
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A new estate manager for Albert Bichot in Chablis

Cécilia Trimaille is the new estate manager at the Domaine Long-Depaquit in Chablis, taking over from Matthieu Mangenot, who held the post since 2007.
Château de Pommard brings new faces to change its methods © All rights reserved
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New talent at the Château de Pommard

The Château de Pommard is investing in its 20-hectare estate and in December 2017, appointed a new member to the team, namely assistant winemaker Eric Pignal.
It's alive? No it's sustainable development in Mercurey ©  All rights reserved
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The Château de Chamirey goes electric

2018 marks a new era for the Domaine du Château de Chamirey with the installation of charging stations to power electric vehicles.
Pouilly-Fuissé has a new domaine to show its qualities ©  All rights reserved
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A new estate in Pouilly-Fuissé

The Domaine des Boutires, which was acquired in 2016 by the owners of the Château du Moulin à Vent, has produced three Pouilly-Fuissé wines that will hit the market for the first time in 2018.

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