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Bourgognes International

The exclusive letter for wine distributors

N°57 / May 2017


The market for Bourgogne wines: 2016, a good year, both for export and in France

A regional market slowed by the 2016 vintage
As expected, the 2016 harvest was down 15% compared to the average over the last five vintages. Nonetheless, over the long term, the overall volume of Bourgogne wines going to market remained stable, with only a 1% drop between the decade 2007-2016, compared to 1997-2006.

In the short term, the 2016 vintage has impacted the advance market, with a 14% drop in volume of transactions over the first eight months of the 2016-2017 campaign, and an 11% fall in wine leaving estates over the first six months. The various appellations were, however, affected to very different degrees

Exports: Record revenue driven by the 2014 and 2015 vintages
Good stocks of available wine, thanks to the generous 2014 and 2015 vintages, coupled with sustained demand, have allowed Bourgogne wines to maintain a healthy overall pace of growth on the export market (up 1.6% by volume and 4.5% in terms of revenue in 2016 over 2015). Total revenue grew by 34 million euros (up 4.5%) in 2016 to 813.2 million euros.

The main markets of North America, certain European territories (United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland), Hong Kong and China mainly contributed to this strong performance, both in terms of revenue and volume.

France: Bourgogne wine sales continued to grow on traditional circuits
The French market continues to flourish for Bourgogne wines despite a difficult domestic context.

In 2016, the Bourgogne wine region was one of only four whose presence on French sit-down restaurant wine lists grew, up one point. Bourgogne wines had the best degree of penetration in gastronomic restaurants (94%).

While overall wine sales in the supermarket sector are continuing to fall, Bourgogne and Beaujolais wines were the only French AOCs to show significant growth, thanks to a very small rise in average price (up 1.5%). Sales of Bourgogne wines in the French supermarket sector therefore grew, up 3.4% in terms of volume, an increase of 274,000 bottles on 2015, and up 3.5% in terms of revenue.

Despite this good performance, those in the Bourgogne wine sector remain prudent. There is concern about production capacity, both in terms of structural and short-term changes in its two main markets, USA and the United Kingdom.

An appellation revealed

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The Mâcon AOC offers a wide range of aromatic nuances

The AOC Mâcon has been undergoing a revolution for several years now. A slow revolution maybe, but a determined one, with the aim of allowing all the wonderful diversity of this terroir to shine through in its wines. It would be a pity to reduce this AOC to just Mâcon and Mâcon Villages – when in reality, there are more than 20 villages producing unique wines, both red and white.

Experience Bourgogne wines

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London: Find out everything you need to know about Mâcon + name of the village at this pop-up event!

On 12 June, take part in this major tasting to discover the diversity of the AOC Macon + the name of the village 
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Mythique : dégustez les 33 Grands Crus de Bourgogne pour percer les mystères des Climats

This is such an exceptional opportunity that the École des Vins de Bourgogne only offers it once a year… and in English! It’s time to reserve your place for this three-day training course dedicated to the region’s most sought-after appellations.  “The Saga of the Grands Crus”, runs from 29 June to 1 July 2017.
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Restaurateurs: Why not host a speed-workshop for your sommeliers featuring Bourgogne wines?

The BIVB is launching a new offer for the restaurants in Ontario involving a one-hour workshop with the choice of two themes, “Bourgogne Premier Cru Climats” and “Bourgogne Village Appellations”.

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A tasting of Bourgogne wines for SAQ employees in Canada, Québec

On 6 June in Quebec and then on 7 June in Saint-Lambert, the BIVB is inviting SAQ employees to come and discover the secrets of the Bourgogne appellations over a training supper.

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Don’t miss your Rendez- vous avec les vins de Bourgogne on 31 May 2017

Each broadcast of the interactive show “Rendez-vous avec les vins de Bourgogne ” brings together hundreds of industry professionals around a single Bourgogne appellation. The next episode on 31 May will be dedicated to an exploration of the Santenay appellation and a selection of its Climats.

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#ChardonnayDay: The Bourgogne region at the heart of the wine universe on 25 May

On Thursday 25 May, the world of wine will come together across social media to celebrate what is now a key event in the calendar - #ChardonnayDay. To remind everyone that the Bourgogne winegrowing region is the cradle of this beloved varietal, the BIVB will be very active across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and is also supporting an event being hosted in the village of Chardonnay in the Mâconnais.
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An intense immersion in the soul of the Bourgogne winegrowing region

The BIVB invites you to discover its new video, “Bourgogne, a land of emotions”.

Diary of our events

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Some dates for your diary

Don’t miss out on any upcoming events involving Bourgogne wines.

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