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N°187 / December 2014

The Saint-Vincent en Bourgogne, celebrating winemaking in the depths of winter ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ

Come celebrate St. Vincent with us in January!

St. Vincent’s day falls on 22 January, and in the Bourgogne winegrowing region, this feast is celebrated from mid-January to mid-February. There are several highpoints to the festivities, and the most highly anticipated is the St. Vincent Tournante parade, which is hosted by a different village each year. Statues of the patron saint are brought from across the region to join the parade, after which, the statue of the saint from the village organizing the event is handed to a different winegrowing family which looks after it until the following year’s parade.
Among events hosted in the Bourgogne winegrowing region, the three most famous are:
  • The Saint-Vincent Tournante de Bourgogne, the 71st edition of which will be celebrated on 24 and 25 January in Gilly-Les-Cîteaux and Vougeot, with the theme, “On the Trail of the Monks”.
    This, the most “official” of the events, was created by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. This year, it will be returning to its roots, celebrating 900 years of Cistercian monks in the vines of Bourgogne. Over the two-day period, fans of the Bourgogne region and its wines will be able to discover the long heritage of these two emblematic villages, which will be decked out for the event, along with plenty of entertainment and tastings of the seven cuvées specially selected for the celebrations. 
    Click here for the program and more information.
  • The Saint-Vincent du Chablisien on 7 and 8 February in Chemilly-sur-Serein.
    The Chablis appellation stretches across 20 communes that take it in turns to organize the winegrowers’ celebrations in early February each year, doing their best to outdo one another in seeking imaginative ways to turn this winter weekend into a wonderful spring event, complete with tastings of a special Chablis cuvée.
    Click here for the program and more information.
  • The Saint-Vincent du Grand Auxerrois on 18 January in Joigny.
    Click here for the program and more information. 


At your service

Learn about Bourgogne wines anytime and anywhere ©BIVB/DR
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So you think you know everything there is to know about Bourgogne wines?

The Bourgogne wines’ e-learning tool is available in four languages and allows market influencers and lovers of Bourgogne wines to improve their knowledge of the smallest of the world’s celebrated winegrowing regions. Use it to go beyond the clichés whilst studying at your own pace. A dynamic, updated new version is now available as an interactive application for download, containing a wealth of material including videos, 360° photos, personal accounts and quizzes. 
Bourgogne Week: The place to be in London in January 2015 ©BIVB/DR
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The first ever Bourgogne Week in the UK in January

The BIVB is creating a brand new event to promote Bourgogne Wines in London in January 2015. Bourgogne Week will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the region’s different events.

Economic updates

Tasting Bourgogne wines in a wine store ©BIVB/H. MONNIER
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A more serene position in the Bourgogne winegrowing region, from which to reconquer markets

The Bourgogne winegrowing region is embarking on a fresh campaign with renewed optimism after a momentary deficit in production terms. The 2014 vintage, with so much at stake in the minds of the region’s winegrowers, proved to be one of high quality, with bigger volumes than seen in previous years.
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Bourgogne wines in figures (December 2014)

The significant decline in volumes harvested in 2012 and 2013 is now being felt across all markets, for wines sold to both négoces and to consumers. Harvest volumes expected for 2014 (currently estimated at around 1.5 million hectoliters) should help the industry return to an even keel in 2015.

Winemakers and Maisons

A change of management for Le Clos de Tart, a legendary Bourgogne estate ©BIVB/DR
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A change of direction for Le Clos de Tart

On 1 January 2015, Jacques Devauges will take over management of Le Clos de Tart from Sylvain Pitiot, soon to turn 65. Le Clos de Tart is a legendary name on the Côte de Nuits, and is owned by the Mommessin family.
The cellars of Domaine Cordier Père et Fils in the Mâconnais ©BIVB/DR
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Expansion at the Domaine Cordier Père et Fils

The 2014 vintage saw the expansion of the Domaine Cordier into a new winery, and the estate will soon be launching a new cuvée of Mâcon Milly-Lamartine, acquired in 2013.

News from the wine region

The Chablis Wine Competition: A wonderful showcase for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/A. GHYS
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17 January: The Chablis Wine Competition

The Chablis Wine Competition is the perfect showcase for the BIVB’s promotional and training activities. Organized in partnership with the Chablis Tourist Office, the competition decides on the cuvées the BIVB will use at promotions, trainings, and press conferences to represent the appellation in 2015. 
The Bourgogne Winegrowing Region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a question of knowledge sharing © BIVB/J.L. BERNUY
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The Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region: a symposium on “The Heritage Value of Terroir Economies”

A classification as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites is not simply a medal to pin to one’s chest – it also involves a strategy of knowledge sharing and economic development, and these issues will be addressed by a symposium organized in Paris in February.
Saint-Véran, a fine appellation from the south of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, ready to be discovered ©BIVB/D. GADENNE
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Colorful communication from Saint-Véran

Saint-Véran, a white wine appellation from the Mâconnais, has grown up in the shadow of its prestigious neighbors. In order to underscore its own position and quality alongside them, it has embarked upon a fresh communication strategy to promote the diversity of its wines. 
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