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N°202 / December 2016

Stay on track with events at Bourgogne Week London 2017: #BourgogneWeek ©BIVB/DR

January 2017: The 2015 vintage is the star of the show at Bourgogne Week in London

For many years, British wine importers have brought together clients and wine lovers alike to meet with winemakers and négociants from the Bourgogne winegrowing region around the vintage that will be coming to market a few weeks later.

Ever faithful to the tradition, the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s maisons, cooperatives, and estates come together to share a convivial moment and introduce their latest vintage at a wide range of tastings organized by British importers and distributors. These key players actively contribute to promoting Bourgogne appellations through tastings open to industry professionals and journalists, and sometimes to regular wine lovers, too.

The BIVB, which is tasked with marketing Bourgogne wines, helps to promote Bourgogne Week by creating a buzz on the web and across social media.

You can find all the information you need about what’s on at Bourgogne Week at This dedicated English-language site lists all the tastings and other events scheduled for the next edition of Bourgogne Week. It also provides precious information about the 2015 vintage and links to other useful resources about Bourgogne wines. The @Bourgognewines Twitter feed is also shown on the site’s landing page, keeping you up-to-speed in real time with what’s going on across social media. In particular, you can follow the peregrinations of our very own #BourgogneHolmes, as he attempts to track down some little-known appellations and reveal other secrets about Bourgogne wines!

To keep up-to-speed with the 2017 edition,
simply use the hashtag #BourgogneWeek
across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

The 2015 vintage – the star of Bourgogne Week 2017
A vintage that embodies pleasure and wellbeing, 2015 was acclaimed right from the start. And as bottling started and journalists began tasting it again, it was confirmed that this vintage is simply sublime.

There are plenty of ways to find out more about the 2015 vintage in the Bourgogne wines online Press Room, including:
- A video reportage in French with English subtitles in which winemakers discuss the vintage
- A press release on the weather (November 2015)
- A press release updated in October 2016, detailing the wines by region

Bourgogne Week heads to Hong Kong
The second edition of Bourgogne Week Hong Kong will run from 27 February to 3 March 2017, with the highpoint being the One Day for Bourgogne Wines tasting. The event is organized by the BIVB and enjoys the support of importers, journalists, and sommeliers. It brings together all the themed events organized by the BIVB, including the Chablis White Cocktail and Bourgogne Wines Club, and other activities organized by importers, winestore owners, and restaurateurs. More details to follow in January. 

At your service

“The Vineyard of Bourgogne Seen from the Sky”, an invitation to take flight over the wonderful landscape of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, from Macon to Chablis ©BIVB/Aurélien Ibanez
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Video: The Vineyard of Bourgogne Seen from the Sky

The long-awaited video “The Vineyard of Bourgogne Seen from the Sky” is now online and with it, you can take a 13-minute flight to understand everything you need to know about the Bourgogne winegrowing region…
VinoVision, from 12-14 February 2017 in Paris ©BIVB/Image & Associés
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VinoVision: Cool climate wines breathe new life into the export market

While total exports of French wines in 2015 fell compared to 2014, cool-climate wines enjoyed a certain stability in 2016, despite lower yields, demonstrating the dynamism these wines have on foreign markets.
The Sponsors Evening hosted by the Association des Climats de Bourgogne on 28 November 2016 ©Jean-Louis Bernuy ©BIVB/DR
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2017: A key year for the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region

On Monday 28 November, the Association of the Climats of the Bourgogne Winegrowing Region – World Heritage brought together its 65 sponsor companies at the Couvent des Jacobins in Beaune. 
All your press events with Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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A few dates for your diary

Don’t miss out on any upcoming events involving Bourgogne wines.

Economic updates

Find out all you need to know about the Key Figures for Bourgogne Wines ©BIVB/DR
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Key Figures for Bourgogne Wines

We have created a very practical document that is packed with the latest economic information about the Bourgogne winegrowing region. 
Bourgogne wines are regaining market share thanks to the volumes from the 2014 and 2015 harvests ©BIVB/Image & Associés
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Bourgogne wines regaining share in some markets

The increase in available wine as a result of the 2014 and 2015 vintages allowed the market for advanced trade transactions to pick up. This trend was also witnessed in certain export markets (see table for exports for the first nine months of 2016). In France, Bourgogne wines remain well represented on traditional circuits.

News from the wine region

A collection of Bourgogne varietals from yesteryear to preserve for the future ©BIVB/Sébastien Narbeburu
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A conservatory of old varietals: Memories from the Vineyards

A repository of grape varietals to add value to the winegrowing heritage of the Bourgogne region
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Vézelay is known as the eternal hill, and is hoping to soon be granted a Village AOC ©BIVB/Aurélien Ibanez
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Bourgogne Vézelay aims for a Village appellation

A new page in the history of the Bourgogne Vézelay appellation may be turned in 2017 if it succeeds in its quest for a Village AOC

Winemakers and Maisons

The winners of the Bourgogne region’s 2016 Young Talents competition ©BIVB/DR
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The six Young Talents Trophy winners unveiled

On 18 November, the Young Wine Professionals Group (GJPV) unveiled the Young Talents 2016 during an event to coincide with the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction. Discover these young bucks, the stars of the Bourgogne of tomorrow.
Follow the Bourgogne region’s organic winemakers on social media -© BIVB/Michel Joly
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Bio Bourgogne has a new Facebook page

Keep up-to-speed with all the latest news about organic wines in the Bourgogne region on the “Bio Bourgogne viticulture” Facebook page (in French only).  
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