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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°59 / September 2017

2017 Harvest in Bourgogne - © BIVB / www.armellephotographe.com

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.

The only slight damper was the springtime frost that hit the Châtillonnais and part of the Chablis and the Mâcon regions, which left its mark on those estates most affected, and which had already been hit by the frost in 2016. The good yields this year were a huge relief for many, but quality was also there in spades, which is, of course, essential to the Bourgogne winegrowing region.

An appellation revealed

Santenay, an appellation of the Côte de Beaune in Bourgogne - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Santenay: An appellation that has found its place

The Santenay appellation, to the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, produces mainly red wines (around 80% of total wines produced), along with a limited quantity of white wine.

Economy

Economy, the Bourgogne wines market, exports and France - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Sales of Bourgogne wines remain strong despite the low 2016 harvest

The harvest is now finished in the Bourgogne winegrowing region. 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.

After the historically low 2016 harvest, (down 18% on 2015, with 1.223 million hectoliters), wine leaving estates and transaction volumes, especially for the most affected appellations, suffered significant deficits. On the other hand, those appellations that escaped any climatic damage continued to grow on export markets (United States, United Kingdom, Canada) and on French distribution circuits.

Thanks to the 2014 and 2015 harvests, the Bourgogne wine region has risen above the critical threshold of eight months of stock on estates. Initial estimates are close to 10 months for the 2016-2017 campaign. But those in the industry remain prudent, since the Bourgogne wine region still has to deal with the 2016 harvest that was lower than the five-year average until the 2017 vintage comes to market.

Exports: The Bourgogne wine region recovers market share for certain appellations

Overall, for the first seven months of 2017, Bourgogne wine exports were down 2% by volume (equivalent to a drop of 997,700 bottles), but were up 8.3% in terms of revenue (up 37.9 million euros).
The leading markets of North America, Europe, and Asia all recorded good performance in terms of revenue, allowing the Bourgogne wine region to set this new record. Change in export volumes reflected the 2016 harvest, insofar as there were wide variations by appellation.

France: Bourgogne wines remain well represented on traditional circuits

Appearing frequently on French tables (present in 75% of the restaurants visited, with 8.2 references on average per restaurant surveyed), and in wine stores (91% stocking at least one reference of Bourgogne wines), Bourgogne wines are doing equally well on the retail circuit.

Over the first six months of 2017, sales of Bourgogne still wines in French supermarkets returned to growth, both in terms of volume (up 3.3%, an increase of 353,000 bottles over the previous period), and revenue (up 3.4%). Some 11.17 million bottles were sold (excluding drive-thru, discount, and convenience stores), for record revenue of 85.9 million euros.
 

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Experience Bourgogne wines

Bourgogne wines in Tokyo, Japan with a lot of events © BIVB / Sopexa
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Japan: Bourgogne wines hit Tokyo

Come and enjoy four special events involving Bourgogne wines!
Vinovision, a trade show in Paris with Bourgogne wines tastings - © Vinovision
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VinoVision 2018 – cool-climate wines return to Paris

A trade show with an international dimension to enjoy from 12-14 February 2018.
Bourgogne Wines in Melbourne, Australia - © BIVB / All rights reserved
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Bourgogne wines set to conquer Down Under

On 13 & 14 November, Melbourne will be hosting two masterclasses and a major tasting to discover the appellations of the Bourgogne winegrowing region.

Diary of our events

What to do around wines, a lot of events in France and abroad, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada… - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Some dates for your diary

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

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