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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°52 / September 2016

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The 2016 harvest in the Bourgogne winegrowing region – every grape counts


In 2016, the vines required a great deal of care and attention. Various hiccups in the weather left their mark on the vines (see May’s edition of En Direct). Nor did the winegrowers have any respite from mildew, which was very present this year.

The sun and heat enjoyed in August and September nonetheless raised the mood. The harvests are coming to an end now, but the various complications triggered by the weather are making things tricky for producers.

The vines in those plots hardest hit will provide very few or even no grapes at all. A few went on to bud again, producing fruit-bearing canes. On some, the healthy grapes are really enjoying the good conditions, while véraison is just coming to an end in other sectors. In some areas, it is necessary to harvest in several goes. In general, the vines that escaped the bad weather have produced generous bunches.

The grapes matured at a good rhythm, and some have made up for the time lost in the spring. The first grapes to be picked – those used for Crémant de Bourgogne wines – were brought into the winery on around 10 September in the southern Mâconnais. For still wines, picking began between 20 and 27 September.

The harvests are taking place over a longer period than normal. Patience and close attention will be the order of the day for this vintage that will be unlike any other.

But a question still lingers over the volume of the harvest. The results of a survey carried out among winegrowers suggests a dip in yields of 20-27% compared to the average, suggesting a total harvest of between 1.1 and 1.2 million hectoliters. But nothing is set in stone, given how experiences have differed from one estate to the next.

An appellation revealed

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Irancy: Powerful and oh so charming!

Irancy (in Latin, Irenciacus or Iranciacum) was established as a commune on 6 October 1802, within the canton of Coulanges-la-Vineuse. It is located in the center of a deep valley in the high hills of the right bank of the Yonne. Overlooked to the north, east, and southeast by the highest hills in the region, this valley is shaped like a huge circus or amphitheater, facing the plain to the southwest. It is located 18km from Auxerre and the same from Chablis.
 

Economy

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The UK market takes off again in early 2016 after stabilization in 2015

The UK has historically been the leading importer of Bourgogne wines in terms of volume (19% in 2015), but in 2014, it slipped into second position, behind the USA. However, since 2015 and particularly in early 2016, sales have picked up. 

Experience Bourgogne wines

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Rencontres avec les Bourgognes: Wine tastings close to home!

From now until the end of December across France, the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s winemakers, négociants, and cooperative cellars will be hosting tastings in specialist wine stores, wine fairs, and trade shows, and also in the Bourgogne winegrowing region during a series of open days.
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Take part in the next edition of Bourgogne Week in London or Hong Kong

First in London, then in Hong Kong – Bourgogne Week just keeps on extending its fan base around the world! And you, too, can participate, as an organizer or indeed a visitor. 
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The harvests in the Bourgogne winegrowing region

Experience the 2016 vintage live from the vines!
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Professional Workshops in Beaune

Discover the richness of the Bourgogne winegrowing region and the subtleties of its wines
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Bourgogne Wine Experts Club in Taiwan: Members to be announced in October

Taiwan is the only country where the BIVB has launched a Bourgogne Wines Experts Club, and at the end of October, those candidates who have passed all the selection criteria will be announced. 
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New website for the Crémant de Bourgogne appellation

Discover this new website where you can find out everything you need to know about Crémant de Bourgogne wines.

Diary of our events

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Diary of Events

Click here to see the calendar of upcoming Bourgogne wine professional events

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