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N°211 / December 2017

© BIVB / - The 2017 vintage in Bourgogne

The 2017 vintage, the epitome of Bourgogne elegance

And after several years of harvests that suffered the whims of the weather, 2017 has provided volumes set to satisfy the market, with wines that are already promising great things to come from this elegant vintage.

After spending the winter building up their strength, the vines profited fully from a very warm spring, with budburst in early April ensuring a head start in terms of the growth cycle that was maintained right up to the harvest. The plants progressed from stage to stage free from hindrance, and by mid-June, were flowering before rapid fruit set. An early vintage was confirmed.

During the summer, a few spells of heatwave alternated with more mixed weather. However, ripening continued at a good pace and by the end of August, the first grapes were being picked, two weeks ahead of average. Harvesting continued until mid-September as each plot reached peak maturity. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this fabulous fruit, its peak ripeness, and the volumes produced. The only downside were a few areas hit by spring frosts, where yields were below norms.

Vinification went without a hitch and the mood was one of serenity for this vintage when the Bourgogne winegrowing region returned to more habitual levels of quantity.

Discover what winemakers are saying about this vintage:

The excellent results of the recent Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction reinforced this initial impression. The stability of the result (up almost 9% after a 30% drop in 2016) confirmed buyers’ interest in this vintage, with its perfectly balanced white wines and reds with their intense color and expressive bouquet.

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© BIVB / Apoteoz - Cité des Vins et des Climats de Bourgogne: signature of framework agreement
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Cité des Vins et des Climats de Bourgogne: The operational countdown has begun

With the signature of the framework agreement on 19 December, the Cité des Vins et des Climats de Bourgogne takes a major step forward. 
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Bourgogne Week London: The 2016 vintage makes its official bow on the international stage

From 8 to 12 January 2018, London will celebrate the wines of Bourgogne during the unmissable Bourgogne Week.
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Save the date for the Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2018

The 14th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne will take place from 12 to 16 March 2018. 
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Resolution for 2018: Taste the 33 Bourgogne Grand Cru in three days!

In June 2018, the École des Vins de Bourgogne is offering a unique training program to explore the 33 Grand Cru wines of the Bourgogne region.
© BIVB / Lukam - Special seasonal food pairings with Chablis wines
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Practical advice! Find recipes and recommendations for pairings with Chablis wines

If you are looking for recipes for your readers for the end-of-year festivities, or just off the cuff, this could be for you!
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Reach for your diary: Bourgogne Week Hong Kong 2018

Inspired by its London equivalent, Bourgogne Week Hong Kong will take place from 26 February to 2 March 2018. 
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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

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Two newcomers to the family: Bourgogne Côte d’Or and Vézelay

The elite club of Bourgogne wines has two new members: The Village appellation of Vézelay, and the identified Régionale appellation of Bourgogne Côte d’Or.

Economic updates

© BIVB / Sébastien Narbeburu - Bourgogne wine market, 2017 volumes
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The Bourgogne wine producers well placed to satisfy demand

The 2017 harvests had both quality and quantity, and have given a boost to recent wine transactions.
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Australia: Good potential for Bourgogne wines

On the face of it a small market, Australia has long been a valuable outlet for exporters of Bourgogne wines.

News from the wine region

© Michel Joly - Maison des Climats de Beaune, musée numérique sur les vins de Bourgogne
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Wine-tourism: Augmented reality comes to the Maison des Climats

Maison des Climats in Beaune: A state-of-the-art museum
Opened in July, the Maison des Climats in Beaune has recently inaugurated an innovative digital addition. 

Winemakers and Maisons

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Paul Aegerter: The Bourgogne wine house makes further investments in organic production

After an exceptional harvest, la Maison Aegerter is pursuing its quest for quality through ever-greater respect for the soils in its vineyards.
© Badet Clément - Badet Clément acquires the Edouard Delaunay brand from Boisset
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Badet Clément gets back to its roots

Badet Clément confirms its new ambitions in the Bourgogne sector by acquiring the brand Edouard Delaunay.
© BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez - La Maison Albert Bichot and the Hospices de Beaune 2017 Wine Auction
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Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: Albert Bichot leading buyer

This is a record for Albert Bichot, which acquired 16% of the total amount of the sale in value, and 14.5% by volume.

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