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N°200 / September 2016

©BIVB/M. JOLY – Harvesting plot by plot in vines that have enjoyed the late summer sunshine

Harvest in the Bourgogne winegrowing region – in 2016, every grape counts

In 2016, the vines required a great deal of care and attention. Various hiccups in the weather left their mark on the vines (see May’s edition of En Direct). Nor did the winegrowers have any respite from mildew, which was very present this year.

The sun and heat enjoyed in August and September nonetheless raised the mood, but on the eve of the harvest, the various complications triggered by these events are making things tricky for producers.

The vines in those plots hardest hit will provide very few or even no grapes at all. A few went on to bud again, producing fruit-bearing canes. On some, the healthy grapes are really enjoying the good conditions, while véraison is just coming to an end in other sectors. In some areas, it may be necessary to harvest in several goes. In general, the vines that escaped the bad weather have produced generous bunches.

The grapes are maturing at a good rhythm, and some have made up for the time lost in the spring. The first grapes to be picked – those used for Crémant de Bourgogne wines – were brought into the winery on around 10 September in the southern Mâconnais. For still wines, picking is set to begin between 19 and 27 September, depending on the sector and the varietal.

The harvests will no doubt take place over a longer period than normal. Patience and close attention will be the order of the day for this vintage that will be unlike any other.

But a question still lingers over the volume of the harvest. The results of a survey carried out among winegrowers suggests a dip in yields of 20-27% compared to the average, suggesting a harvest of between 1.1 and 1.2 million hectoliters. But nothing is set in stone, given how experiences have differed from one estate to the next.

At your service

Christian Vanier, the new Managing Director of the BIVB ©BIVB/DR
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A new Managing Director for Bourgogne Wines

In early January, Christian Vanier will take over from André Ségala, thus becoming the second Managing Director of the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB).
 Bourgogne wines are special guest stars at the Cité du Vin ©BIVB/DR
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Bourgogne wines to partner the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux

The BIVB has signed a "Gold" partnership with the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, with 70 Bourgogne wines now available for tasting by visitors.
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Some dates for your diary…

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

Economic updates

The UK is a traditionally loyal market for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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The UK market takes off again in early 2016 after stabilization in 2015

The UK has historically been the leading importer of Bourgogne wines in terms of volume (19% in 2015), but in 2014, it slipped into second position, behind the USA. However, since 2015 and particularly in early 2016, sales have picked up. 

News from the wine region

A new emblem for the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/DR
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The UNESCO World Heritage Climats boost their image

After the celebrations for the first anniversary of their inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 4 July, the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region continue to boost their profile.
In the Bourgogne winegrowing region, mass mobilization is a key part of the fight against flavescence dorée ©BIVB/DR
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Monitoring for flavescence dorée is proving its effectiveness

The incredible efforts of the people of the Bourgogne winegrowing region along with various other actions have ensured the success of the region’s strategy in terms of fighting this fatal vine disease.
A popular festival to celebrate the end of the harvest in Chablis ©BIVB/DR
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The Chablis Wine Festival from 22-23 October

The Chablis Wine Festival is one of the region’s biggest annual events, and is organized by the Office du Chablis winegrowers’ association, along with the local arm of the BIVB.
Irancy - S. Wahl
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The “Vignobles & Découvertes” label is renewed for the Auxerrois region

This prestigious label is attributed by Atout France for a three-year period.

Winemakers and Maisons

 The magnificent cellars of Bailly-Lapierre in the Yonne, less than two hours by road from Paris ©BIVB/M. G. STAVELOT
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New wine tourism offers from Les Caves Bailly-Lapierre

The Caves Bailly-Lapierre offers wine tourism activities year-round for individuals and groups, including private cellar visits.
Audrey Bourolleau, Director of Vin & Société at the Tastevinage session at the Clos de Vougeot ©BIVB/B. MANIERE
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The Tastevinage wine tasting sets down a marker

In early September, the 98th Tastevinage got underway at the Château du Clos de Vougeot. It was presided over by Audrey Bourolleau, Director of the French Vin & Société association.
 The Maison du Clos du Roi nestles in the vines ©CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY
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A new wine-tourism activity for the Château de Chamirey

The Château de Chamirey has opened its first accommodation offer, La Maison du Clos du Roi, with a characterful self-catering gîte in a chic yet rustic style. 

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