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Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°206 / April 2017

2016 was an excellent year for exportation of Bourgogne Wines © BIVB / Image & Associés

The market for Bourgogne wines: 2016, a good year, both for export and in France

A regional market slowed by the 2016 vintage
As expected, the 2016 harvest was down 15% compared to the average over the last five vintages. Nonetheless, over the long term, the overall volume of Bourgogne wines going to market remained stable, with only a 1% drop between the decade 2007-2016, compared to 1997-2006.

In the short term, the 2016 vintage has impacted the advance market, with a 14% drop in volume of transactions over the first eight months of the 2016-2017 campaign, and an 11% fall in wine leaving estates over the first six months. The various appellations were, however, affected to very different degrees

Exports: Record revenue driven by the 2014 and 2015 vintages
Good stocks of available wine, thanks to the generous 2014 and 2015 vintages, coupled with sustained demand, have allowed Bourgogne wines to maintain a healthy overall pace of growth on the export market (up 1.6% by volume and 4.5% in terms of revenue in 2016 over 2015). Total revenue grew by 34 million euros (up 4.5%) in 2016 to 813.2 million euros.

The main markets of North America, certain European territories (United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland), Hong Kong and China mainly contributed to this strong performance, both in terms of revenue and volume.

France: Bourgogne wine sales continued to grow on traditional circuits
The French market continues to flourish for Bourgogne wines despite a difficult domestic context.

In 2016, the Bourgogne wine region was one of only four whose presence on French sit-down restaurant wine lists grew, up 1 point. Bourgogne wines had the best degree of penetration in gastronomic restaurants (94%).

While overall wine sales in the supermarket sector are continuing to fall, Bourgogne and Beaujolais wines were the only French AOCs to show significant growth, thanks to a very small rise in average price (< 1.5%). Sales of Bourgogne wines in the French supermarket sector therefore grew, up 3.4% in terms of volume, an increase of 274,000 bottles on 2015, and up 3.5% in terms of revenue.

Despite this good performance, those in the Bourgogne wine sector remain prudent. There is concern about production capacity, both in terms of structural and short-term changes in its two main markets, USA and the United Kingdom.

At your service

Bourgogne, the Chardonnay grappe craddle place © BIVB /
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#ChardonnayDay: The Bourgogne region at the heart of the wine universe on 25 May

On Thursday 25 May, the world of wine will come together across social media to celebrate what is now a key event in the calendar - #ChardonnayDay. To remind everyone that the Bourgogne winegrowing region is the cradle of this beloved varietal, the BIVB will be very active across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and is also supporting an event being hosted in the village of Chardonnay in the Mâconnais.
Bourgogne wine lovers will taste and learn at The Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne © BIVB /
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Look, smell, and taste: Expand your knowledge with a Bourgogne wines Taster’s Certificate

Are you looking to deepen your knowledge of Bourgogne wines? Then come and obtain your Taster’s Certificate from the École des Vins de Bourgogne after a three-day course that’s open to all!
All your press events with Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/Aurélien Ibanez
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Some dates for your diary

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

Appellation in the spotlight

Mâcon, both a place to discover and an appellation to explore © BIVB / Aurélien IBANEZ
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The Mâcon appellation offers a wide range of aromatic nuances

The internationally renowned wines of Mâcon are undergoing a boom. United by their diversity, they offer a huge variety of flavors and aromas. From white gold to straw yellow and even greenish gold for the whites, and from ruby to carmine for the reds, Mâcon wines smell, taste, and look delicious, but they couldn’t be more different!

News from the wine region

The frost didn't stop most of Bourgogne vineyards from their early© BIVB / Michel JOLY
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Full steam ahead for budburst in the Bourgogne winegrowing region

The 2017 vintage is now underway in spring weather that is blowing hot and cold. With dry weather overall, the end of March and early April were very hot, leading to an early start, barely held back by the frosts of the second half of April. 
Art and wine: a fantastic event in Chassagne-Montrachet © BIVB / DR
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2-5 June: “Une partie de Campagne” returns to Chassagne-Montrachet

The “Une Partie de Campagne” event, a weekend dedicated to contemporary art, returns to the Bourgogne winegrowing region from 2-5 June. It is a wonderful invitation to stroll along the Route of the Grand Crus, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, while appreciating a magnificent exhibition of contemporary art followed by tastings of some prestigious appellations.
What are the Bourgogne Wines the Chevaliers du Tastevin recommanding to taste © BIVB / DR
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Results of the Tastevinage de Printemps 2017

Friday 24 March saw the 99th session of the Tastevinage des Chevaliers du Tastevin at the Château du Clos de Vougeot, presided over by Nicolas Ozanam, Head of the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux (FEVS), the federation of wines and spirits exporters.

Winemakers and Maisons

© Maison LORON
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A new internet presence for the Maison Jean Loron

The Maison Jean Loron, established in the southern part of the Bourgogne winegrowing region in 1711, launched a brand new website in 2017, which features some very beautiful photography.
Return to the futur.. or the past... with cave de Lugny celbrating its 90th Birthday © Cave de Lugny
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The Cave de Lugny returns to the Roaring Twenties

On 13 and 14 May, the 13th edition of the “Prix des Charmes” art competition will take place at the Cave de Lugny cooperative cellar in the heart of the Mâconnais region. This year’s theme of the Roaring Twenties was selected to take us back to the time when the cellar was founded, coinciding with the establishment of the main appellations of the Bourgogne winegrowing region.

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