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N°195 / January 2016

Bourgogne wines, stars of the Grands Jours in March 2016 ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ

See you at the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, from 21-25 March

Every two years, the Grands Jours de Bourgogne bring together wine professionals, market influencers and journalists in the heart of the Bourgogne winegrowing region for an event that is both about business, and about having a passion for wine and a desire to share that passion with others.

From Chablis and the Côte Chalonnaise to the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits (with the Mâconnais being tasted in Beaune), visitors can explore the Bourgogne winegrowing region from north to south, at 11 different tasting destinations.
This event offers the chance to meet with more than 1,000 winegrowers and to discover some 10,000 wines in just five days.

In 2014, around 2,400 visitors made the trip from 51 different countries to come and explore this unique gathering.

NEW! Two new appellations are included in this year’s event:
     - Saint‐Romain will be sampled at the Quintessence tasting on the Friday

     - Monthélie will be part of the Quatuor tasting on the Côte de Beaune also on the Friday

At your service

Négociant Louis-Fabrice Latour, the new President of the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) ©BIVB/DR
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Louis-Fabrice Latour, nouveau président du BIVB, lance le plan Bourgogne 2020

The BIVB embarked upon a new chapter during its board meeting in December 2015. Louis-Fabrice Latour took over the reins and began by overseeing the voting in of the Plan Bourgogne 2020.
Many different plant and animal species live in the vines of the Bourgogne wine region ©BIVB/M. JOLY
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The Bourgogne winegrowing region is a natural partner for a regional strategy for biodiversity

In September 2015, the BIVB signed up to the new Regional Strategy for Biodiversity, a commitment that touches the very heart of the Bourgogne wine industry.
Vinosphère Bourgognes, a forum for preparing for the future of the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/DR
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Discussing the future of the industry through Vinosphère Bourgognes 

Vinosphère Bourgognes is a new forum for wine industry professionals being organized by the BIVB (Bourgogne Wine Board). It focuses on production and will examine issues surrounding the future of the Bourgogne wine industry.
Bourgogne wines ready to be sampled by the press and market influencers ©BIVB/P. LAGNEAU
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Dates for your diary

A few dates to note to make sure you don’t miss any upcoming rendezvous with Bourgogne wines and their representatives. 

Economic updates

We are always surprised to see that the Bourgogne winegrowing region grows more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir ©BIVB/DR
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Figure of the month: The Bourgogne winegrowing region turns white!

Bourgogne winegrowing region’s reputation is based on its Village Premier Cru and Grand Cru red wines, yet the Chardonnay grape is predominant with 48% of land under vine. The Pinot Noir grape represents just 34%.
Great Britain, a key historic market for the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/DR
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Bourgogne wines repositioning on the UK market

The United Kingdom remains the second-biggest export market for Bourgogne wines, behind the USA, despite dropping back in 2014. The first 10 months of 2015 saw a slight recovery in both volumes (up 0.9%) and revenue (up 2.3%).

News from the wine region

Bertrand Gauvrit takes over the reins from Krystel Lepresle ©BIVB/DR
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A new director and new missions for the Association for the Climats of the Bourgogne Winegrowing Region

The Association for the Climats of the Bourgogne Winegrowing Region is starting a new chapter in its history, after the inclusion of the Climats on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2015. After choosing a new President (see En Direct, December), a new director has taken the reins, with new objectives.
Allen Meadows from is a big fan of Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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Results of the 30th Chablis Wine Competition

On Saturday 16 January, the 30th edition of the Chablis Wine Competition, presided by Allen Meadows, awarded medals to 27 Petit Chablis, Chablis and Chablis Premier Cru wines from the 2014 vintage and Chablis Grand Cru wines from 2013.
Tourists and gourmets can explore the best food pairings for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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New at the École des Vins de Bourgogne: tasting workshops on the estate

Lovers of cuisine and Bourgogne wines take note! The École des Vins de Bourgogne now offers a convivial event in the heart of the village of Pommard to understand what makes the perfect food and wine combination.

Winemakers and Maisons

Philippe Chautard from the Maison Louis Picamelot; Gilbert Menut, Mayor of Talant; and Aubert de Villaine from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti ©BIVB/DR
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The Maison Louis Picamelot reintroducing vines in the Dijon suburbs

Philippe Chautard, owner of the Maison Louis Picamelot, has signed a long-term lease with the town of Talant, adjacent to Dijon, to plant a 2.3-hectare vineyard in 2016.
Libellé Photo Xavier Barbet, former CEO, and Philippe BARDET, the new director of the Maison Jean Loron
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Major changes afoot at Jean Loron

The historic wine house of Jean Loron is taking a new turn in its 300-year history with the arrival of a new president and the completion of a modernization plan. 
A label to promote and continue a strategy of sustainable development ©BIVB/DR
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The Haute Valeur Environnement label granted to Domaine Lapalus

To respond to the growing demand to better address environmental issues in agricultural practices, Christophe Lapalus chose to embark on a qualitative approach, obtaining certification through an independent body recognized by the ministry of agriculture.
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