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Your monthly update on Bourgogne wines

N°209 / September 2017

Harvest in Bourgogne - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez

The 2017 harvest: Much enthusiasm in the Bourgogne region

This year, it all happened very quickly. The harvest began at the end of August, with quality and quantity much in evidence. After a series of vintages that have suffered the whims of the weather – the 2016 in particular – the Bourgogne winegrowing region has returned to cruising speed in terms of production, while averages across the rest of France are down.

On 23 August, the first grapes were picked in the south of the region, to be used in the production of Crémant de Bourgogne. This was around two weeks earlier than in a typical year. Harvesting in the rest of the region followed quickly, with more southerly plots being picked just a few days earlier than those in more northerly vineyards. Whether the grapes were to be used in still or sparkling wines was irrelevant – only the level of maturity of the fruit determined the date of picking.

At your service

“Bourgogne, the birthplace of terroir” - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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A new video: “Bourgogne, the birthplace of terroir”

Take an exclusive look at this short film that invites you into the heart of the terroir, and which scooped the Imagination & Création prize at the latest edition of the Oenovidéo festival.
Bourgogne wines at Tokyo - © BIVB / Sopexa
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Japan: Bourgogne wines visit Tokyo

Japan is the third biggest export market for Bourgogne wines. And to celebrate the long history between the Japanese wine trade and producers of Bourgogne wines, the BIVB is hosting “Bourgogne Week”, involving four special events. 
Hospices de Beaune wine aunction - © BIVB / Sarah Demangeot
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Take part in the Hospices de Beaune wine auction!

The École des Vins de Bourgogne is offering an English-language trip during the weekend of the Hospices de Beaune wine auction from 17-19 November 2017.
Tasting 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.

Economic updates

Cave de Bourgogne - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Sales of Bourgogne wines remain strong despite the low 2016 harvest

As harvesting in the Bourgogne wine region draws to a close, local winemakers are expecting 2017 to be a generous vintage, which should allow some to consolidate their market share, and others to reconquer distribution circuits that have been neglected due to lack of wine.

News from the wine region

Vézelay vineyard - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Double good news for Bourgogne wines

It is with a great deal of pleasure and not without pride that in June of this year, Bourgogne wine producers obtained validation from the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) for the creation of two new AOCs.
Saint-Romain Vineyard - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Saint-Romain: The appellation has grown!

An additional 13 hectares of vines represents the completion of a project launched in 2002.
Celebrating Chablis wines 2017 - © Droits Réservés
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Celebrating Chablis wines!

To celebrate the birth of the 2017 vintage, the 69th edition of the Fête des Vins de Chablis will be held on 21 & 22 October.
Bourgogne - © BIVB / Image & Associés
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Vézelay to host the 27th Grand Auxerrois wine competition

On 4 November, a jury of industry professionals will meet in Vézelay to sample wines from the Grand Auxerrois and select the best.
Auxey-Duresses - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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A sneak peek at the lesser-known wines of Auxey-Duresses

Tucked away close by Meursault, Auxey-Duresses is one of the lesser-known appellations, yet it has some wonderful wines to discover on the fourth weekend in October.
Paulée de la Côte Chalonnaise - ©
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Paulée de la Côte Chalonnaise: A unique treasure hunt

The paulée is the traditional meal to mark the end of the harvests, and this year, the Paulée de la Côte Chalonnaise is breaking with tradition and offering wine lovers the chance to discover some real treasures on the Côte Chalonnaise.

Winemakers and Maisons

Chablis Grand Cru - © Domaine Nathalie et Gilles Fèvre
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The Domaine Nathalie et Gilles Fèvre fights back against fraud

Nathalie and Gilles Fèvre run a family estate in Chablis, and are fighting back against fraudsters producing counterfeits of their Grand Crus.
© Maison Joseph Drouhin
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Maison Joseph Drouhin obtains ISO 22000 certification

The extensive process began in 2014 as a proactive effort to meet the demands of house customers.
Beaune Appellation, Maison Jadot's wines - © BIVB / Sébastien Narbeburu
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Louis Jadot, owner of the Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay

In early summer 2017, the Maison Louis Jadot in Beaune announced their acquisition of the Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay.
Tastevinage - © Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
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100ème édition du Tastevinage du Château du Clos Vougeot

On the 29th September, the Tastevinage will celebrate its 100th wine-tasting session at the Château du Clos de Vougeot,  after more than sixty years of selecting wine and over 100 million bottles of wine tasteviné.
Obédiencerie of Domaine Laroche / Chablis - © Domaine Laroche
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A virtual visit to the Domaine Laroche - or how to offer customers a 360° experience

The Domaine Laroche has launched a 360° application for virtual visits to the Obédiencerie, a center for wine since the Middle Ages. Located in the heart of Chablis, it is home to the ageing cellars for the Domaine Laroche’s Premier and Grand Cru wines.

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