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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°61 / January 2018

© BIVB / Sopexa  / Bourgogne wines and Japan: a tale of Climats and logograms

Climats and logograms: “When Bourgogne wines meet Japanese culture”


The Climats of the Bourgogne wine region are the result of 2,000 years of patient construction. The personality of the winemaker and the very different terroirs on which they work have led to the creation of unique wines.

The Japanese art of calligraphy was born some 3,000 years ago. It has been passed down ever since, reflecting the artist’s sensibility expressed on the paper.

The work of the calligrapher and that of the winemaker are very similar. Both are the expression of a unique skill. During a gala event in Tokyo on 6 November, the Climats and Japanese calligraphy came together in a celebration of history and philosophy.

Picture: left to right and top to bottom: Les Corvées, Clos du Roi, Les Charrières, Les Terres blanches, Les Chevrières, Genévrières, Le Rognet, and Les Clos.

1) The Climat “Les Corvées” (Ladoix Premier Cru) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced shikarubeku. In this logogram, one can find the notions of history, serfdom, meeting, and passing time.
2) The Climat “Clos du Roi” (Mercurey Premier Cru) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced yutaka. Why? These vines used to belong to the nobility, so the logogram conveys the idea of luxury, but also richness in terms of tasting.
3) The Climat “Les Charrières” (Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced moto. This logogram symbolizes the path as a means of transport, and also of transmission.
4) The Climat “Les Terres blanches” (Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced miyabi. The logogram highlights the idea that white represents refinement and elegance, characteristics also found in the wine.
5) The Climat “Les Chevrières” (Pouilly-Fuissé) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced uyamai. The notion conveyed here is that of an environment propitious for winegrowing, with relief suitable for goats.
6) The Climat “Genévrières” (Meursault Premier Cru) is depicted by a logogram which is pronounced  ishizue. The logogram symbolizes the lifecycle of juniper (genévrier) and the vine.
7) The Climat “Le Rognet” (Corton Grand Cru) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced shin. This logogram expresses the values of authenticity, simplicity, and truth.
8) The Climat “Les Clos” (Chablis Grand Cru) is represented by a logogram which is pronounced uyamai. This logogram underlines respect for tradition, with particular attention accorded to the vine.

The event organized to embrace these two cultures underlines their mutual appreciation: Japan was the third-biggest market by both volume and revenue for Bourgogne wines in 2016, when Bourgogne wines accounted for 17% of the volume of French AOC wines exported to Japan, and 26% of the revenue.
 

An appellation revealed

© BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez  - Bourgogne Côte d’Or and Vézelay
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Bourgogne Côte d’Or and Vézelay

Discover the two new Bourgogne appellations!

Economy

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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.

Experience Bourgogne wines

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Exclusive at VinoVision 2018: The theme of the two Bourgogne Masterclasses

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A recipe blog which gives pride of place to Chablis wines

Are you looking for the perfect recipe and wine tips for a special occasion over the festive period?
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Bourgogne Week London: Only one month to go before this highly-anticipated event

From 8 to 12 January, the British capital will celebrate the wines of Bourgogne during the now famous “Bourgogne Week”.
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Bourgogne Week Hong Kong: save the date

The dates for the upcoming Bourgogne Week Hong Kong have just been announced: 26 February to 2 March 2017.
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Some gift ideas for the one you love, or to treat yourself!

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Diary of our events

©  BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez - Events involving  Bourgogne  wines from December onwards in France and abroad
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Some dates for your diary

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

   .   In France

2017
FRANCE – September to December: Rencontres avec les Bourgognes

2018
CHABLIS – 20 January: Concours des Vins de Chablis
PARIS – 12-14 February, VinoVision Paris: The international trade show for cool-climate wines in Paris. Click here for free registration
BEAUNE – 12-16 March: The Grands Jours de Bourgogne –  registration opens in January 2018
BEAUNE – 19 & 20 March: Les Ateliers Professionnels on the theme of “From Terroir to Climats, the Soul of Bourgogne Wines”, free two-day course. Click here to sign up
BEAUNE – 4 & 5 June: Les Ateliers Professionnels on the theme of “Culinary Harmonies with Bourgogne Wines”, free two-day course. Click here to register


   .   Abroad

2017
TAIWAN – 15 December: Masterclass on the theme of “Discovering the Village Appellations of the Bourgogne Region” for sommeliers and journalists

2018
UK – 8-12 January in London: Bourgogne Week London 2018
Five days of events focusing on Bourgogne wines run by importers and distributors to present the 2016 vintage, accompanied by professionals from the region
UK – 5 February in Edinburgh and 5 March in Bristol: Seminar: “Chablis on Tour”, for sommeliers independent wine stores 
HONG KONG: 26 February to 2 March: Bourgogne Week
A week of Bourgogne wine events hosted by importers, wine stores and restaurants, plus the “One day for Bourgogne wines” tasting
HONG KONG – 2 March: Chablis White Party event for media, importers, distributors, retailers, wine stores, sommeliers, F&B managers, etc.
 

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