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Bourgogne Wines Direct

Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°185 / September 2014

The Fête des Grands Vins de Bourgogne for tasting all the appellations ©BIVB/J.C. TARDIVON

Hospices de Beaune Weekend - Change to published dates

This event is like a ray of sunshine at the start of the Bourgogne winter. The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction celebrates the end of the wine year and the birth of the new vintage. We will provide more details about this wonderful event in our next issue, which will be published during the third week of October.

Press tastings from Friday 14 November
The big change in 2014 involves the Fête des Grands Vins de Bourgogne, which is held at the Palais des Congrès in Beaune.
This year, the Confédération des Appellations et Viticulteurs de Bourgogne (CAVB) will start press tastings on the Friday, for the first time. This will provide an additional chance to meet the winemakers who will be able to discuss the 2014 vintage and offer their wines for tasting.

Friday 14 November
10.30am to 5pm: Press welcome from the BIVB’s press service and access to tastings of all the AOCs of the Bourgogne winegrowing region.
11am: Press tasting of wines from the next edition of the Saint-Vincent Tournante, which will be held in January 2015 in Gilly-les-Cîteaux and Vougeot
12.30pm: Inauguration lunch in presence of official personalities and industry representatives, organized by the CAVB (by invitation only)

Saturday 15 November
4pm: Tasting of the Hospices de Beaune wines at the Hôtel Dieu, in the presence of Roland Masse

Sunday 16 November
10am: Wine industry press conference at the Salle des Pôvres in the Hôtel Dieu
2.30pm: Start of the auction in Les Halles

Invitations and a detailed program will be sent out during October. 

At your service

A TV studio for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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Rendezvous with the wines of Bourgogne: A live tasting around the world

The Bourgogne Wine Board is drawing on its global network of Official Bourgogne Wine Instructors to launch an ambitious new regular rendezvous, combining live wine-relating reportages and tastings.
Ever dreamed of a well-organized cellar? Well, now you can have one! ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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On the web: Create and organize your online cellar for free!

If you have succumbed to any wine deals recently, then now is the time to organize your cellar and profit fully from your new acquisitions. The BIVB invites you to create your own free and private online cellar.
Sustainable development is the responsibility of everyone in the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Sustainable Development Self-Evaluation: making progress through internal appraisal

Since the spring, the BIVB has been offering wine producers and négociants a useful tool to self-evaluate their own sustainable development.

Economic updates

Low volumes up to 2013, but 2014 is a more generous vintage ©BIVB/S. NARBEBURU
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The wines of Bourgogne are faithful to their markets, despite three years of low yields

The wines of Bourgogne are in an exceptional situation: Successive harvests of low yields but high quality has brought about a temporary downturn in sales. But the 2014 vintage, with more normal quantities, is suggesting a more favorable outlook.
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Bourgogne wines in figures (September 2014)

Each month, we bring together the key figures for Bourgogne wines.

Food for thought!

Combining Bourgogne wines with food is now simple ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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Tempting Trips: a section to explore on the Bourgogne Wines website

Whether you are feeling like a gourmet treat, or are simply lacking in inspiration, whether you enjoy a well-stocked cellar or you buy wine according to your current requirements, the Tempting Trips section of the Bourgogne Wines website offers an in-depth exploration of food and wine combinations.
Wines are always appreciated, from the aperitif to the dessert, from 1 January to 31 December, whatever the occasion!

Winemakers and Maisons

Corton André, a monument to the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/J.L. BERNUY
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A change of ownership for Corton André

The Château de Corton André is an emblematic sight on the Côte de Beaune, and the château, the neighboring estate and associated négoce brands have begun a new chapter in their history since being acquired by new owners this summer. 
Faiveley moves into Chablis at Billaud-Simon ©DR
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The Faiveley family moves into Chablis

The Faiveley family, which has strong business interests on the Côte Chalonnaise, the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, has widened out its range with the acquisition of the Domaine Billaud-Simon in Chablis in July.
A new future for the Domaine de l’Arlot ©DOMAINE DE L’ARLOT/J.L. BERNUY
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Domaine de l’Arlot: A smooth transition

In June, the Domaine de l’Arlot in Nuits-Saint-Georges announced the departure of Jacques Devauges, who has been Technical Director at the estate for the past three years. He is replaced by Géraldine Godot, who arrived at the beginning of September to take up the torch.
Patriarche: this Bourgogne maison moves into gastronomy ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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Patriarche forms a gourmet partnership with Michelin-starred chef Marc Meneau

Patriarche, négociant-éleveur and ambassador for Burgundy wines since 1780 has joined forces with Michelin-starred chef Marc Meneau from L’Espérance restaurant in Vézelay. These two fervent defenders of the authenticity and richness of the terroirs of the Bourgogne winegrowing region share a single ambition: to promote the enjoyment of Bourgogne wines on an everyday basis. 
The Château de Pommard - an emblem for Bourgogne wine-tourism ©DR
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A new direction for the Château de Pommard

After 10 years spent resurrecting the Château de Pommard, the Giraud family has decided to sell the Château and estate to the American entrepreneur Michael Baum. This Francophile businessman is seeking to continue and strengthen the work that has been carried out by the family over the past decade. 

News from the wine region

2014: A promising vintage for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Harvesting in the sun in Bourgogne

After a series of low-volume harvests, the 2014 vintage looks promising. Despite certain disparities in terms of yields – due to shatter in certain plots, and the hailstorms that hit the north of the Côte-d’Or and the Mâconnais in June – quality and quantity are anticipated in equal measure.

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