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N°198 / May 2016

Although many vines were damaged by the frosts, others fortunately were mostly spared  ©BIVB

Spring frosts: After the initial shock, it’s now time for patience and hard work

Just three weeks since the frosts hit, it’s still too soon to evaluate the exact consequences on this year’s harvest. However, the people of the Bourgogne winegrowing region know that the next few months will require greater efforts on their part, and some painstaking care and attention for their damaged plants.
The spring frost of 2016 will stay in the memory as one of the most significant weather events to hit the Bourgogne winegrowing region since the frost of 1981, mainly in terms of its geographical reach. In addition to the Mâconnais, the Chablis region was also partially spared, but the Grand Auxerrois, the Châtillonais, the Côte de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Beaune, the Côte de Nuits-Saint-Georges and Hautes Côte de Nuits-Saint-Georges, and the Côte Chalonnaise were all hit hard. The damage was varied, with the impact differing from plot to plot, but it was widespread. On 4 May, it was revealed that almost half of the region was hit by damage of 30% or greater.
the Côte de Beaune, and Côte de Nuits Saint Georges and Hautes Côtes de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Nuits Saint Georges
As yet, we don’t know how the vines will respond. A vine that has endured frost damage requires a great deal of attention and special care, and will produce less fruit. That may seem paradoxical, but winegrowers must ensure that they make the most of their current potential and that there is sufficient vegetation for the plant to maintain its reserves. They already have one eye on the next harvest, and will be preserving the fruit-bearing canes for 2017.
After their initial emotion, the industry is now thinking about its customers. The 2016 harvest will no doubt offer lower yields, but we can count on a slight rise in stocks thanks to the excellent vintages of 2014 and 2015, which will allow us to satisfy the demands of our loyal client base. 


At your service

The first Bourgogne Week Hong Kong will be presenting the 2014 vintage in June ©BIVB/DR
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Hong Kong’s first Bourgogne Week runs from 20- 24 June

Bourgogne Week has proved to be a hit in London for more than a decade, inspiring the BIVB to launch a similar event in Hong Kong at the end of June, to coincide with the launch of the 2014 vintage. 
Don’t miss your “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines”, the international wine-themed web broadcast ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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15 June: Check out the “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines” online!

On 15 June, you can follow “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines” live on the internet. This quarter’s show is dedicated to white wines. The program brings together hundreds of industry professionals around a single Bourgogne appellation or wine-related theme. 
The Bourgogne winegrowing region invites you to enjoy some tasty discoveries in Paris ©BIVB/DR
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Bourgognes Gourmands – five weeks to savor the flavors of Bourgogne in Paris!

For the second consecutive year, the BIVB is running the “Bourgognes Gourmands” event in the capital. From 17 May to 18 June, 230 establishments will be taking part in the operation.
Bourgogne wines – first and foremost about sharing and enjoyment! ©BIVB/LUKAM
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Wine tourism – attend a gourmet workshop on a Bourgogne wine estate!

If good food and good wine is your thing, then why not take a trip to the Bourgogne winegrowing region and participate in a Gourmet Workshop run by the École des Vins de Bourgogne wine school? And there are plenty more year-round attractions to discover  while you’re in the area.
The Chablis winegrowing region like you’ve never seen it before!  ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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“The Chablis Climats Seen from the Sky” selected for the Oenovideo international wine film festival 2016

This film, made in November 2015, has been chosen as part of the official selection for the international Oenovideo Festival from 26 to 29 May in Frontignan.
Belgium, Switzerland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada... Bourgogne wines are there to greet you! ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Some dates for your diaries…

…so you don’t miss out on your next rendezvous with Bourgogne wines and their representatives.

Economic updates

The USA is the leading export market for Bourgogne wines, and is still growing ©BIVB/DR
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USA: A bright forecast for the leading importer of Bourgogne wines

The good harvest in 2014 and the weakness of the euro to the dollar helped Bourgogne wines to recover market share in 2015. Exports of Bourgogne wines to the United States thus recorded significant year-on-year growth in 2015. 

News from the wine region

Enjoy #ChardonnayDay on social media or in the Bourgogne winegrowing region, with a glass in hand! ©BIVB/ARMELLEPHOTOGRAPHE.COM
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On 26 May, take part in and follow all the action from #Chardonnayday in the #Bourgogne region!

Chardonnay Day is a global celebration of the eponymous varietal across social media. And it was only natural for the Bourgogne region, the birthplace of this legendary varietal, to be closely involved in the event!
The Bourgogne winegrowing region still has secrets to reveal, like the Couchey winegrowing area ©BIVB/D. GADENNE
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On 1 July take part in a conference entitled, “The Climats of Couchey from 1850 to the present day”

The village of Couchey is looking forward to welcoming you to a conference on the Climats of Couchey on Friday 1 July.
The Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region have been recognized by UNESCO for their unique value ©BIVB/DR
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Climats Month, from 10 June to 10 July

Find out what makes the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region so unique during i Month, a full month of festivities!

Winemakers and Maisons

The Château de Chamirey welcomes you in Mercurey, in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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The Château de Chamirey launches tastings in the vines of Mercurey

The idea for these tailor-made visits was to present not only the diversity of the landscape, but also the riches and complexity of the terroir and the wines of Mercurey.
Try out an unusual and refreshing exploration at Bailly-Lapierre in the Yonne
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Caves Bailly-Lapierre: Discovering Crémant de Bourgogne wines

You can now find out all you need to know about Crémant de Bourgogne wines through a guided tour of the vines.
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