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N°197 / April 2016

The first report into sustainable development in the Bourgogne wine region ©BIVB/M. JOLY

The Bourgogne wine industry publishes its first report into Sustainable Development

“Far from starting from nothing, a raft of initiatives show that we are already some way down the road and the wheels are in motion. The task we face may seem colossal, but on reading this report, we should congratulate ourselves on how we have collectively embraced this issue,” said Michel Baldassini, President of the Sustainable Development Commission of the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB). The Bourgogne wine region has been quietly working on this subject for more than five years now. It has turned constraints into strengths in order to initiate a collective approach that is gradually driving the Bourgogne wine region towards its ambitious aim of becoming a global reference in terms of great wines produced through a sustainable approach.

An educational tool to help with adopting the strategy
It was high time to draw up a preliminary report and to highlight the industry’s commitment. “This report provides a snapshot. Above all, it offers a reality check on all the factors and people involved. […] It includes technical, economic, and social elements. It covers all the activities involved in the production, distribution, circulation, and consumption of Bourgogne wines,” explains Claude Chevalier, President of the BIVB.

Aimed at all stakeholders, and the general public, this report enables a better understanding of the overall strategy, and allows us to evaluate the commitment of everyone involved. It also serves to remind the Bourgogne wine region’s winemakers, cooperatives, and négociants that their work is valuable and every little helps.

“Sustainable Development in the Bourgogne Wine Region”, a 72-page report in French:


At your service

The Grands Jours de Bourgogne was created in 1992, and is more popular as ever! ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2016: The 13th edition was a great success!

The 13th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne was a big hit, and brought together market influencers from 56 territories.
Do you want to visit the Bourgogne wine region? Then hurry and check out the search engine at ©BIVB/LES CREATIONS DE L'ETOILE/L. BARILLEC
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With the Bourgogne wines website, you can now prepare your trip online

Are you looking for a spring or summer break? Then there’s not a moment to lose! Check out the section dedicated to wine-related tourism on the BIVB website with a special search engine to personalize your next trip to the vineyards.
Don’t miss your “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines”, the international wine-themed web broadcast ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Bourgogne wines are reaching out to the world with the webcast, “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines”

Four times a year, the interactive webcast, “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines” brings together industry professionals around the world to study in detail a single appellation from the Bourgogne wine region. The next show will be broadcast on 20 April 2016.
Find the wines of the Bourgogne region in France and around the world ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Some dates for your diary... you don’t miss the next Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines and their representatives.

Economic updates

The wines of the Bourgogne region, driven by the quality of the 2014 and 2015 vintages ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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After two good harvests, Bourgogne wines are well positioned to reconquer market share

After the excellent 2014 vintage, the regional market is finding a balance between available volumes and market demand. The wines of the Bourgogne region are now positioned to take back some of their market share.

News from the wine region

The first stage of budburst on a Chardonnay vine in the Bourgogne wine region ©BIVB/J. L. BERNUY
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Budburst underway in the Bourgogne wine region

The mild temperatures experienced in the Bourgogne wine region over the last few days have given a boost to the vines.
Crémant de Bourgogne wines are going upmarket ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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Crémant de Bourgogne wines are going upmarket with Eminents and Grands Eminents

In 2013, the Union of Crémant de Bourgogne Producers (UPECB) decided to reorganize the segmentation of Crémant de Bourgogne wines, to improve how these wines are presented to customers. A tasting called “Les Eminents de Bourgogne" was held on 19 March in Dijon to mark the completion of their deliberations, where they announced two new classifications, Eminents and Grands Eminents.
The Château du Clos de Vougeot brings the Dukes of Bourgogne back to life ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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The Grand Dukes of Bourgogne on show at the Château du Clos Vougeot

This exhibition, designed by “La Tour Jean Sans Peur” in Paris, has arrived in the Bourgogne wine region and reveals the portraits of four of the most powerful Western dukes at the end of the Middle Ages.
Order your glasses now for the Saint-Vincent Tournante de Bourgogne in Mercurey ©BIVB/DR
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The Saint-Vincent Tournante 2017 to be hosted by the Mercurey appellation

The Bourgogne wine region’s traditional Saint-Vincent Tournante celebrations will be hosted in 2017 by the two villages of Mercurey and Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu on the weekend of 28 and 29 January.
Mosaïques: an exhibition in Beaune about the Bourgogne wine region and the UNESCO World Heritage Climats ©BIVB/DR
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Mosaïques: An exhibition across multiple sites, featuring the Climats of the Bourgogne wine region from spring to fall 2016

The city of Beaune, in partnership with the Association of the Climats of the Bourgogne wine region, is offering a fun exhibition across multiple sites to explain the Climats to visiting tourists from 1 June to 27 November 2016.

Winemakers and Maisons

The Tastevinage from the Brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin: A guarantee of quality and pleasure ©BIVB/DR
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The 2016 Tastevinage de Printemps: Find out which wines were selected at the 97th edition

The Brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin held the Tastevinage de Printemps on 18 March at the Château du Clos de Vougeot. The event was presided over by Jean-Charles Arnaud, President of the INAO (National Institute for AOCs), who joined in the tasting with the other jurors.
The Château de Santenay, former home to Philip the Bold, the first Duke of the Bourgogne region ©BIVB/DR
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A major investment program at the Château de Santenay

A three-year development plan has been running at the estate, involving major renovation works, accompanied by a brand new sales strategy.
The Domaine Fichet in the Mâconnais celebrates its 40th anniversary ©BIVB/DR
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The Domaine Fichet celebrates its 40th anniversary

The Domaine Fichet is inviting you to come and discover its latest vintages on the event of its 40th anniversary, during the weekend of 23 and 24 April.
Is it an extraterrestrial? No, it’s the “Winemaker of Rully”, created by Alain Longet ©BIVB/DR
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Inauguration of the “Winemaker of Rully” sculpture

The Producers’ Union is delighted to welcome you to the inauguration on 28 April of a brand new sculpture, the “Winemaker of Rully”, created by Alain Longet.

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