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Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°208 / July 2017

Sustainable development is a key element of the Plan 2020 © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez

The Bourgogne wines industry commits to reducing the use of products for pest and disease control

This initiative from winegrowers themselves is the result of a cooperation between the BIVB and the Confederation of Bourgogne Appellations and Winegrowers (CAVB), and aims to respond to societal expectations with regard to the use of pest and disease control products in the vines. The Charter includes an action plan, the feasibility of which will be tested in the vines over a year before being widened out.

This charter is in keeping with the Bourgogne tradition of being a driving force of change and taking a pragmatic approach to the future, and lead the whole profession towards achievable goals. This method draws upon the successful experience in fighting Flavescence Dorée, where working together allowed the Bourgogne winegrowing region to become the only French winegrowing region to reverse the spread of the disease while reducing the use of insecticides by 80% over three years.

As such, a joint committee of BIVB and the CAVB representatives met in the fall of 2016, after discussion with the Regional Department for Food, Farming, and Fisheries (DRAAF). In conjunction with local bodies such as various chambers of agriculture, the MSA (social security for the agriculture sector), the FREDON (the Regional Federation for the Defense against Harmful Organisms), and representatives of civil society, lawmakers, and health experts, they discussed local experiences, best practices from other regions, and also the expectations of the wider community.

The Regional Charter and Action Plans drawn up after several months of work were then submitted for approval to all bodies responsible for the management and defense of the appellations (ODGs), which gave their seal of approval. Representatives of the state, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region, mayoral committees from the Côte-d’Or, Saône-et-Loire, and Yonne also gave their approval to the project, which they signed at the same time as the Regional Chamber of Agriculture Bourgogne Franche-Comté, BioBourgogne, the CAVB, the Federation of Négociants-Éleveurs of Bourgogne (the FNEB), and the BIVB. (read more)

At your service

Quality and conviviality are the order of the day with the Cave de Prestige selection © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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The Bourgogne Wines Cave de Prestige 2017: 195 wines selected

For 46 years, the BIVB has been celebrating the quality of Bourgogne wines through this selection worthy of the world’s greatest wine guides. Those wines selected are then showcased in France and around the world at events organized or attended by the BIVB.
The Bourgogne, Alsace, Champagne, and Loire regions all join forces at VinoVision, the trade show for cool climate wines © BIVB / IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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VinoVision Paris: The Second edition of the trade show runs from 12-14 February 2018

After a very promising first edition, the VinoVision Paris trade show for cool climate wines will unveil a brand-new vintage on 12-14 February 2018 at the Paris-Porte de Versailles exhibition center.
Make sure to book your stay for the Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction in November © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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From 17-19 November: Live the ultimate Bourgogne experience at the Hospices de Beaune wine auction

The Hospices de Beaune wine auction and surrounding events are one of the highpoints of the year in the Bourgogne calendar. The École des Vins de Bourgogne invites you to join in the fun and more with a new course entitled, “Sensory Pleasures with Bourgogne wines”.
Save the dates of upcoming events in the Bourgogne winegrowing region © 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

The Chardonnay vines of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation from Solutré to Vergisson © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez.
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Pouilly-Fuissé: A very resourceful appellation!

The world renowned Pouilly-Fuissé appellation produces elegant wines that are full of charm. It offers an extraordinary palette of different expressions of the Chardonnay grape that reflects the diversity of the soil and the microclimate in the four villages in the production area.

News from the wine region

The harvest is already being planned for early September in the Bourgogne winegrowing region © BIVB / J. L. Bernuy
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Full speed ahead in the vines!

The weather over recent weeks, reaching heatwave conditions during the week of 20 June, has encouraged very rapid growth in the vines.

Winemakers and Maisons

Rootstock at the Château de Pommard © BIVB / DR
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Rootstock 2017: The Bourgogne region’s hottest summer music experience

On 8 & 9 July, the Château de Pommard is hosting the first edition of Rootstock, a gastromusic festival to celebrate the summer.
“Art & Vins” at the Château de Chasselas © BIVB / DR
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Art & Vins: The 12th edition at the Château de Chasselas

The 12th edition of violinist Marie-Annick Nicolas’ Masterclass Concerts for Violin and Piano will be held on Tuesday 29 August at 8:30pm. This year, there are two packages to choose from, so hurry and book your spot at the Château de Chasselas.

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