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This area is dedicated to wine professionals including sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine store owners importers and trainers. Welcome to your very own BIVB website where you can find all the tips and tools you need. You will find documentation, photography, training tools and all kinds of other useful information here to facilitate your search. You can also browse our events and training calendar and you are welcome to attend any that appeal. If you require any further information then don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°55 / January 2017


The second edition of Bourgogne Week Hong Kong from 27 February to 3 March

Bourgogne wines from the 2015 vintage will be launched in Hong Kong in late May/early June. In the past, importers would have tasted them and shared them with their restaurateur, wine-store, and retail clients. To breathe new life into these exchanges and to provide a showcase for this eagerly anticipated vintage, the BIVB is hosting Bourgogne Week from 27 February to 3 March.

As in 2016, the BIVB will be organizing its own events for market influencers and the press:
• Tuesday 28 February: One Day for Bourgogne Wines tasting
This will be the third edition of what has become Bourgogne Week’s flagship event, at which press and sommeliers can discover wines from the new vintage that will be offered by importers. By invitation only.
• Wednesday 1 March: Chablis White Cocktail
A prestige evening event featuring the Chablis appellations for media and market influencers. By invitation only.
• 1-31 March: Chablis retail promotion
Hong Kong’s wine stores will be promoting Chablis wines throughout the month of March.

In parallel, the BIVB is inviting local professionals to organize their own events, such as dinners with Bourgogne winemakers, tastings, and restaurant promotions. It will be promoting all of these events prior to Bourgogne Week Hong Kong in its marketing materials, and in particular on the dedicated website, that will be regularly updated.

The visibility of these operations will also be boosted by a social media campaign with the hashtag #BourgogneWeek. Follow all the news across the Bourgogne and Chablis wines’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts. 

An appellation revealed

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Mercurey, a patchwork of Climats

Mercurey is one of the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s biggest appellations in terms of production, comparable to Meursault or Gevrey-Chambertin in that respect, and certainly providing enough wine to satisfy markets both in France and beyond.

Wine characteristics
Reds: Often deep in color, tinged with ruby, these wines evoke strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, with a truly fruity bite. Age brings in notes of undergrowth, and spicy touches of tobacco and cocoa beans. In the mouth, they are rich, full-bodied, and fruity. In their youth, the tannins of this wine lend it a mineral firmness. When aged, they are attractively fleshy and rounded.

Whites: With hints of green, their typical Chardonnay gold color brings aromas of white blossom like hawthorn and acacia, along with hazelnut, almond, and spices like cinnamon and pepper. A touch of minerality adds to the trademark of these flavorsome, eminently drinkable wines.

Sommelier’s tips
Reds: Rich and fleshy, Mercurey is Bourgogne wine royalty, providing a hearty structure to accompany a fine steak or any beef or lamb joints, either braised or in sauce. Roast pork is well suited to its aromatic richness, as are stewed poultry dishes and other more exotic-flavored delights. On the cheeseboard, pair it with both soft cheeses and more mature examples.
Serving temperatures: 14-15°C for young wines, 15-16°C for older wines.

Whites: Their spicy, floral, or mineral bouquets make them the ideal partner for grilled fish or fish in sauce, cooked seafood, Asian cuisine, and hard cheeses. White Mercurey also makes a wonderful aperitif.
Serving temperature: 11-13°C.

Mercurey is situated in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise, around 12 kilometers from Chalon-sur-Saône, and is one the biggest appellations in the Bourgogne wine region. Protected from moisture-bearing winds by its hillsides, the region stretches across the villages of Mercurey and Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu. Mercurey’s AOC status was conferred in 1923.

The vines grow at heights of 230 to 320 meters above sea level. They grow on Oxfordian limestone marl and marly chalky soils. The eastern part is on limestone and marl; to the west, crystalline Jurassic rocks are overlain with gravel; and a large part is Bathonian. The vines are truly at home on this white limestone or red clay.


Click here to find out all you need to know about the Mercurey appellation and its 32 premier cru wines

Experience Bourgogne wines

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29 March: A new edition of “Rendez-vous with Bourgogne Wines”

Don’t miss the next episode of “Rendezvous with Bourgogne Wines” to find out all there is to know about the origins of the names of the Climats and lieux-dits and how they are related to the wines. The show, which is broadcast in nine countries, offers market influencers a uniquely convivial and enriching experience.
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On 4 & 5 February, come and experience the Chablis version of the Saint-Vincent Tournante

The Saint-Vincent Tournante is a major event during the winter in the Chablis winegrowing region, and an integral part of its history. Every year, the event brings together thousands of people to celebrate one varietal and one terroir, so why not join in the fun and put faces to the names of your favorite producers?
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Sweden: An exceptional masterclass on “The Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region” on 3 April in Stockholm

The BIVB is offering a unique training opportunity dedicated to the discovery of the Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region through a tasting of a range of AOC Village Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines.
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Ask for the 2017 catalog from the Bourgogne Wines Boutique

Maps, posters, appellations guides - there is a wide range of educational and promotional materials available in the new catalog from the Bourgogne Wines Boutique.

Diary of our events

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Some dates for your diary

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

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