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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°69 / December 2018

2017 Vintage in Bourgogne - © BIVB / Jean-Louis Bernuy

The 2017 vintage, all the elegance of Bourgogne wines

A year on, and tasting confirms the wonderful success of this vintage!

In 2017, the Bourgogne region returned to harvest volumes that were closer to the average, particularly for the reds. Moreover, the quality of the wines was high. This has been confirmed by markets, which rapidly hailed this vintage as one with all the elegance generally associated with Bourgogne wines.

The vines were boosted by a very warm spring, and right from budburst in early April were ahead of the norm, maintaining this advance until the harvest. Then everything followed on very quickly. There were a few periods of heatwave during the summer, alternating with more mixed weather. Ripening continued at a good rhythm, nonetheless. At the end of August, the first grapes were harvested, two weeks in advance of the average. Harvesting continued until mid-September to allow each plot to harvest in turn. The only drawback was that certain sectors that had been hit by spring frosts did not produce the yields producers had hoped for, particularly in terms of the whites.

A year on, and tastings have confirmed our first impressions: 2017 is a vintage that has revealed some wonderful successes!

Click here to find out more about the vintage by color and region.


An appellation revealed

Saint-Romain Vine in Bourgogne - © BIVB / Aurélien Ibanez
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Saint-Romain, a rich history

How well do you know this appellation?

•     A long history filled with adventures!

At the foot of the cliffs sits Saint-Romain, a pretty village located some 13km south of Beaune. It has a long history, having been home to a very active human population since the Neolithic age, around 4300 BC. It was one of the first places where vines were grown, under the Celts and the Romans. The appellation covers red wines made from Pinot Noir and whites produced from Chardonnay. It covers 110 hectares, including an additional 13 hectares added to the AOC in 2017, bringing to a close a project launched in 2002. Work to prepare the plots will begin in spring 2019. “The first plots should be producing in 2020,” explains Bernard Martenot, President of the Saint-Romain management body.

•     An exceptional terroir

If you are keen about geology, then studying the terroir of Saint-Romain is a delight, as it is a land of the Lias Group. The vines grow on the slopes with excellent soils. In this marl and limestone ensemble, bands of clay are perfectly suited to growing the Chardonnay grape. The vines face south-southeast and north-northeast, at between 280-400 meters above sea level.

•     What food to serve with Saint-Romain wines?

Saint-Romain red: This elegant and velvety classic Bourgogne wine usually has a fragrant and sometimes fruity nose, making it perfectly suited to white meats and poultry in a light sauce. It would also make a great match for pan-fried veal chops or blanquette de veau. Or serve with soft and creamy cheeses like Brillat-Savarin or Cîteaux.

Saint-Romain white: These wines are often very minerally, which makes them ideal for serving with subtle-flavored fish, both pan-fried or steamed. Omelets and poached eggs, lightly-fried or marinated vegetables also make great companions. They also pair very well with soft-rind cheeses like creamy Camembert.

Click here to find out more about the Saint-Romain appellation.

Click here for a full list of Saint-Romain producers.

Experience Bourgogne wines

 Bourgogne Week - © BIVB / All rights reserved
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Bourgogne Week in London 2019

A showcase for Bourgogne wines in London
 28th Grand Auxerrois Wine Competition - © BIVB / All rights reserved
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The results of the 28th Grand Auxerrois Wine Competition

The 28th edition of the competition confirms the quality of the 2016 and 2017 vintages.
Vegetative cycle of the vine - ©  BIVB / Michel Joly
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New: The “Winemaker in Bourgogne, an artisanal craft” film series

Discover the unique bond between people and the land.
Eight new Official Ambassadors for Bourgogne wines in France - © BIVB / All rights reserved
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Eight new Official Ambassadors for Bourgogne wines in France

Discover the role of our Official Ambassadors.
International Wine Paris 2019 - © Wine Paris / BIVB / Michel Joly
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Wine Paris: The essential trade show from 11-13 February 2019

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Bourgogne Week Hong Kong - © BIVB / All rights reserved
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Bourgogne Week Hong Kong: Save the date

The dates for the upcoming Bourgogne Week Hong Kong have just been announced: 25 February to 1st March 2019.

Diary of our events

Events for wine professionals in December - © 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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