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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°50 / May 2016

Many vines were hit by frost but others were mostly spared ©BIVB

Spring frosts: After the initial shock, it’s now time for patience and hard work


It’s just three weeks since the frosts hit, and it’s still too soon to evaluate the exact consequences on this year’s harvest. However, the people of the Bourgogne winegrowing region know that the next few months will require greater efforts on their part, and some painstaking care and attention for their damaged plants.

The spring frost of 2016 will stay in the memory as one of the most significant weather events to hit the Bourgogne winegrowing region since the frost of 1981, mainly in terms of its geographical reach. In addition to the Mâconnais, the Chablis region was also partially spared, but the Grand Auxerrois, the Châtillonnais, the Côte de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Beaune, the Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côte de Nuits, and the Côte Chalonnaise were all hit hard. The damage was varied, with the impact differing from plot to plot, but it was widespread. On 4 May, it was revealed that almost half of the region was hit by damage of 30% or greater.

As yet, we don’t know how the vines will respond. A vine that has endured frost damage requires a great deal of attention and special care, and will produce less fruit. That may seem paradoxical, but winegrowers must ensure that they make the most of their current potential and that there is sufficient vegetation for the plant to maintain its reserves. They already have one eye on the next harvest, and will be preserving the fruit-bearing canes for 2017.

After their initial emotion, the industry is now thinking about its customers. The 2016 harvest will no doubt offer lower yields, but we can count on a slight rise in stocks thanks to the excellent vintages of 2014 and 2015, which will allow us to satisfy the demands of our loyal client base. 

An appellation revealed

The Marsannay appellation on the Côte de Nuits  ©BIVB/Michel BAUDOIN
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Marsannay, the rising star of the Côte de Nuits!

Marsannay is a young and dynamic appellation, and the most northerly of the Côte de Nuits, which stretches from Nuits Saint-Georges to Chenôve south of Dijon. Its wines are now highly rated, but until the 1950s, it had been largely forgotten. But thanks to the efforts of Marsannay’s winemakers, the appellation is now finding its place among the firmament and on the best tables. Marsannay is a wine with the wind in its sails!

Economy

The USA is the leading export market for Bourgogne wines, and is still growing ©BIVB/DR
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USA: A bright forecast for the leading importer of Bourgogne wines


The good harvest in 2014 and the weakness of the euro to the dollar helped Bourgogne wines to recover market share in 2015. Exports of Bourgogne wines to the United States thus recorded significant year-on-year growth in 2015.

Experience Bourgogne wines

The Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region – a unique geographical heritage recognized by UNESCO ©BIVB/DR
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It’s been year since the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region were included on the UNESCO world heritage list

Wine store owners, sommeliers, restaurateurs and buyers from the Nord region are invited to celebrate this first anniversary. Come and join our next Atelier Prestige by Fabrice Sommier on 4 July in Lille.
 ©BIVB/DR
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Using comics to illustrate the unique purity of Chablis wines

For the fifth edition of the When Pure Chablis Meets Art event, the Chablis Commission is supporting young Belgian artists and calling on their creativity to express the individual nature of their wines.

Diary of our events

 ©BIVB/Aurélien Ibanez
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Diary of events

Some dates for your diaries…

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