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Bourgogne Wines Direct

Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°184 / June 2014

Vine flowers: ephemeral and discreet yet essential for the fruit ©BIVB/M. JOLY

The 2014 vintage: a very good start in the Bourgogne region

The first flowers appeared on the earliest vines on 22 May. Thanks to the sunny weather, high temperatures and some necessary rainfall, flowering went off without a hitch.

The summery weather during the Pentecost weekend of 7-8 June helped move things along. Flowering finished mid-June on most plots, from Chablis to the Mâconnais. The tardiest sectors like the Hautes Côtes saw their last flowers blossom the following week.

The weather continued to be clement, and fruit set followed, as bunches of small green berries from 2-4mm in diameter formed.

Flowering in 2014 was one of the earliest in the last two decades, with a head start of between a few days and a week compared to the average, and three weeks ahead of 2013.

The 2014 vintage is looking like a generous one, and the vines are satisfactorily healthy. We are crossing our fingers in the hope that it lasts.

At your service

The Bourgognes tote - the must-have accessory for summer 2014 ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES!
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Show your Bourgogne colors on the beach this summer!

Discover the latest product from the Bourgogne Wines boutique: our fabric Bourgogne tote is ideal for the beach, the market or even for carrying bottles.
Getting lost and found again in the Bourgogne winegrowing region - a perfect getaway! ©BIVB/ARMELLEPHOTOGRAPHE.COM
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Wine tourism in the Bourgogne winegrowing region: a dedicated online space

The new Bourgogne Wines website, inaugurated in March, now has a stylish section dedicated to wine tourism. If you’re looking to get away from it all, there’s not a moment to spare!
People and wine at the Hospices de Beaune wine auction ©BIVB/J.C. TARDIVON
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The Keys to the Hospices - join in the celebrated auction with the École des Vins de Bourgogne

The Hospices de Beaune wine auction is an international event that has been celebrated for more than 160 years. If you’d like to take part but are unsure of how to take full advantage of the auction, we have the solution (exclusively for English speaking visitors)...

Economic updates

The 2013 vintage, a tricky start but with great promise ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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The 2013 vintage: volumes slightly higher than in 2012

A few months before the 2014 harvest, it’s time for a recap of the 2013 vintage. Although the yields were very low, the volumes are nonetheless slightly higher than for the 2012 vintage. And there are some significant disparities, according to color and appellation.
Hong Kong, a showcase for Bourgogne wines in Asia ©BIVB/DR
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Hong Kong: continued growth on premium circuits

In 2013, Hong Kong became the 15th biggest market for imports of Bourgogne wines by value, continuing the growth it has been showing over the last decade or so. 
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Bourgogne wines in figures (June 2014)

Each month, we bring together the key figures for Bourgogne wines.

Food for thought!

For an aperitif amongst friends or a delicious appetizer ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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Recipe of the Month: Mushroom bruschetta with grilled chicory and Parma Ham

It’s summer and time for a convivial dish to tempt your taste buds. It should be accompanied by a delicate wine that doesn’t overwhelm, and instead, brings out all the subtle flavors of the dish - why not try a Bourgogne?

News from the wine region

To facilitate your trip, those involved in wine tourism in the Bourgogne winegrowing region have joined forces ©BIVB/DR
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Wine tourism: Southern Bourgogne wins a Vignobles et Découvertes label

Two Bourgogne regions have just obtained the Vignobles et Découvertes label, launched by the French Ministry for Tourism in 2010.
Walking in the vines, app in hand ©BIVB/ARMELLEPHOTOGRAPHE.COM
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Bourgogne Rando Vignes: get the new app!

Côte-d’Or Tourisme has just launched a new mobile app, called Bourgogne Rando Vignes, available on the App Store and Google Play. Users will enjoy a guided tour around Corton Hill and the Crêtes trail in Santenay, offering a history of the vineyards and an exploration of the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region.
Vosne-Romanée is perfecting its welcome for tourists and wine lovers ©BIVB/DR
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A makeover for Vosne-Romanée

When one has an international reputation, it’s easy to rest on one’s laurels. But one almost might choose to strive to do better, especially in terms of communication. And that’s the strategy of Vosne-Romanée!
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