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Bourgogne Wines Direct

Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°190 / March 2015

Limiting the impact of the winegrowing industry on the environment is a priority in the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ

Collective washing areas: the Bourgogne region sets the standard


The Bourgogne winegrowing region was a forerunner in this practice, as the first collective winegrowing equipment washing areas were created in the Mâconnais. It is now one of the leaders in the field.

These areas are the industry’s response to regulations regarding the treatment of winegrowing effluents. They reflect its commitment to establishing sustainable winegrowing practices, with a desire to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment.

And the movement is growing. Since the inauguration of two new washing areas in Pernand-Vergelesses on the Côte de Beaune and Corgoloin on the Côte de Nuits, at least five other projects have begun. Gevrey-Chambertin will be inaugurating its washing area in May this year, with Marsannay, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Pierreclos following close behind.
These projects benefit from public funds from the water agency and various local authorities. In addition to the communal washing areas, some winegrowers, and in particular certain négoces have set up their own individual areas.
(Source: Departmental Chambers of Agriculture in the Bourgogne winegrowing region).

This is a wonderful example of the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s commitment to being more sustainable.

At your service

The elegance of Bourgogne wines makes them ideal companions for Asian cuisine ©BIVB/DR
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Bourgogne wines to hit Asia in May

In both Japan and China, Bourgogne wines will be the stars of the show at a range of training and tasting events for market influencers. 
A 100% white appellation, Chablis reveals a thousand flavors in the glass ©BIVB/DR
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China and Hong Kong turn 100% Chablis in April

Although Mainland China and Hong Kong have traditionally been more focused on red wines, they are now revealing strong potential for white wines, mainly due to the local cuisine. As a result, Chablis is organizing a range of masterclasses and VIP events in April for China’s press and market influencers.

Economic updates

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Bourgogne wines in figures (March 2015)

Each month, we compile the key figures for Bourgogne wines.
An historic market for Bourgogne wines, Germany is now becoming a key export destination once again ©BIVB/DR
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Renewed popularity for Bourgogne wines in Germany

After several years of declining volumes and sales, Germany is becoming a key market once again for Bourgogne wines. The seventh biggest export market in terms of value, it is one of the few countries that saw imports grow in 2014.
The Mâconnais is perfect for exploring on foot, on horseback, or by bike ©BIVB/ARMELLEPHOTOGRAPHE.COM
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Zoom on an appellation: Mâcon

There is a tendency to believe that the Mâconnais, which is found at the southern end of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, only produces white wines. But this is not the case - the Mâcon appellation is behind numerous fragrant, fleshy red wines made from the Gamay and sometimes the Pinot Noir grape.

Winemakers and Maisons

William Fèvre, an estate with a strong focus on sustainable development ©BIVB/DR
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Domaine William Fèvre obtains Haute Valeur Environnementale certification

After spending almost a decade committed to the sustainable cultivation of its vines, the Domaine William Fèvre in Chablis has just been awarded the Haute Valeur Environnementale (high environmental value) label, the most prestigious environmental certification for agricultural operations in France. 
Head off on a voyage of discovery with Maison Louis Latour in Beaune ©BIVB/DR
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A new website for Maison Louis Latour

Bourgogne négociant Maison Louis Latour, which first opened its doors in 1797, has recently given its website a facelift and the new version is online now at www.louislatour.com
A new label highlights the Cave de Lugny’s strong environmental and societal approach ©BIVB/DR
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The Cave de Lugny obtains the Vignerons en Développement Durable label

In February 2015 the Cave de Lugny was awarded the Vignerons en Développement Durable (Growers in Sustainable Development) label. It was created in 2007 by an association of cooperative wine cellars who were keen to get involved in promoting a strong strategy in this area, and was the first ever sustainable development label dedicated to the world of wine.
BEJOT vins & terroirs, a Bourgogne estate enjoying rapid growth ©BIVB/DR
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BEJOT vins & terroirs is expanding its presence in the Mâconnais-Beaujolais

Already present in the southern part of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, BEJOT vins & terroirs is now expanding, having acquired the Domaine du Chapitre at La Chapelle de Guinchay.

News from the wine region

UNESCO World Heritage: preservation and sharing at the heart of a discussion on classification issues ©BIVB/M. JOLY
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The Heritage Value of Terroir Economies as a Model for Human Development – continued

With 23 participants from 17 countries and a visit to the Bourgogne winegrowing region in person, the international conference organized by the Association for the Inclusion of the Climats of the Bourgogne Winegrowing Region on the UNESCO World Heritage List was a real success. But if you couldn’t make it, then don’t worry – we have rounded up the highlights for you.

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