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Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°191 / April 2015

The Cité des Vins de Bourgogne will operate across the entire winegrowing region ©BIVB/M. JOLY

La Cité des Vins de Bourgogne: A project supported by the entire industry!

La Cité des Vins de Bourgogne is taking shape through a range of educational, cultural, financial and operational models that are being developed through various working committees.

It will meet the needs of all visitors - long-term fans of the Bourgogne winegrowing region and newcomers alike - and will offer visitors a new way to experience Bourgogne wines: to see, touch, feel, sample and taste, thanks to a range of complementary approaches:
  • Sharing the keys to Bourgogne wines in a modern, fun and dynamic way
    Bourgogne wines have certain special characteristics that make them unique and inimitable. Their history, this fabulous region shaped by people, a rich patchwork of terroirs, the Climats, the grape varietals, the different work in the vines, the men and women who make them, the subtlety and elegance of the vines, conviviality – all this and more will be on show at the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne!
  • Encouraging visitors to fully profit from the wealth of wine-related tourism activities on offer in the region and to head off to explore the vineyards and make their way back through the Mâconnais, the Grand Auxerrois, or perhaps the Côte Chalonnaise.
Across more than 4,000m², the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne will offer:
  • A fun, interactive, and resolutely contemporary visitor experience that will last between 90 minutes and three hours
  • Bourgogne wine training sessions and Masterclasses offered by the École des Vins de Bourgogne
  • A program of special events, with entertainment, conferences, films, lectures, conferences and seminars
  • A bar and restaurant for discovering new food and wine combinations
  • A gift shop and specialist bookstore
  • A next-generation platform for wine-related tourism information to accompany visitors, guide them through the region according to their preferences, and provide all the information they need to facilitate their stay. This tool will also help promote the Vignobles & Découvertes label, those service providers who have signed up to the De Vignes en Caves scheme, and the Bourgogne Wine Trails, as well as a range of other wine-related events, celebrations and historical sites.
The Cité des Vins de Bourgogne is a regional project that will operate as a network.
The primary hub of the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne in Beaune will operate in conjunction with several other sites across the Bourgogne winegrowing region (Chablis Grand Auxerrois - Mâconnais), thus covering the whole region. The hubs will operate as a network, with each one offering a dynamic showcase for the local area, with different yet complementary propositions.

At your service

A day dedicated to the Chardonnay grape, the flagship varietal of the white wines of the Bourgogne region ©BIVB/ARMELLEPHOTOGRAPHE.COM
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21 May is #ChardonnayDay in the #Bourgogne winegrowing region

Chardonnay Day was created six years ago via social media in California. For the duration of one day, everyone is invited to talk about and celebrate the Chardonnay varietal. The wines of Bourgogne, including those white wines from the Chardonnay grape, have enjoyed a worldwide reputation for several centuries and are joining in the movement. 

Economic updates

The lack of Bourgogne wines has an impact on sales ©BIVB/S. NARBEBURU
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Bourgogne wines in figures (April 2015)

Each month, we compile the key figures for Bourgogne wines.
The US is the leading export market for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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The US: the leading export market for Bourgogne wines

In 2014, the United States, for the first time in years, became the leading export market by volume for Bourgogne wines, just ahead of the UK (respectively 18.4% and 18.2% in 2014). Since 2011, it has been the leading importer of Bourgogne wines in terms of value (21.6% of total export revenue in 2014).  

Appellation in the spotlight

Vougeot, an appellation overshadowed by its famous Clos, but one that will delight the palate ©BIVB/H.MONNIER
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Appellation in the spotlight: Vougeot

Vougeot is a name that makes wine lovers the world over feel a tingle in their taste buds. But it inspires an interest of a completely different kind for historians and fine gourmets. This village on the Côte de Nuits is above all famous for being home to the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin society of Bourgogne wine enthusiasts and their lavish banquets known as “chapitres”. 

Winemakers and Maisons

Alex Gambal, a négociant at the head of a major estate in the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/DR
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Expansion for the Alex Gambal estate

Alex Gambal has undertaken several projects to increase the amount of land under vine operated by the estate.
A haven of peace in the Côte Chalonnaise: The Château de Chamirey ©BIVB/DR
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The Château de Chamirey widens out its wine-tourism portfolio

The wine estate of Château de Chamirey has been in the Devillard family for three generations and for the past two years has been developing its wine-tourism offer. Following on from the tasting cellar and table d’hôtes, a new attraction awaits visitors during the 2015 season.

News from the wine region

The vines’ growth 2015 cycle began very early in the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/J.L. BERNUY
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Stop press: Budburst begins across the vines of Bourgogne!

Thanks to the sudden warm weather the region has been enjoying since 5 April, the growth cycle of the vines has begun again at an intense rhythm. 
The Tastevinage is a guarantee of quality for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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Find out the winners of the Tastevinage de Printemps competition 2015

On 28 March, 200 tasters, presided over by Christian Paly, President of the l’Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO-vins), came together to select the winners from among 500 wines entered into the competition. The event was all about quality, authenticity, and pleasure.
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