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what’s new this week…

A few new infos from the BIVB, plus Andrew Jefford falling under the spell of the Clos de Tart.

How much wine, and where?
The 2010 vintage has produced a total of 1,393,030 hectoliters in (greater) Burgundy (equivalent to 186 million bottles). This is 12.4% below the large 2009 crop and 6.5% below the 5-year average. Apart from 2003 (1.1 million hl), we must go back to 1997 to find a smaller volume (but at the time the vineyard area was ~12% less). The decrease compared to 2009, is particularly marked for red wines (-18.8%) and Crémant de Bourgogne (-13.2%), while the whites lost 8.7%. There was a sharp drop of about 20 to 25% on Villages and Grands Crus of the Côte d’Or (all colors combined) and the red of the Côte Chalonnaise too. The white wines of the Yonne and the Mâconnais were ‘only’ 4-8% down, regional appellations (white and red) 15% down. Interestingly, Hong Kong and China together, are now the 9th largest Burgundy export market by value (€16.5 million) with 1.3 million bottles – it sounds not too much, but it’s grown by nearly 200%!

Grand Crus – perhaps some updates ahead
No, no new grand crus, but maybe there could be some enforced changes in managing them. The owners of the monopoly grands crus such La Romanée, Romanée-Conti, La Tache, Clos de Tart and La Grande Rue, want to ban harvesting machines from grand crus. The proposal was made at the Institute of Appellations (INAO) by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, president of the Union des Grands Crus, citing the difficulty in sorting grapes harvested this way and possible damage to vines shaken by the machines. In other business the proportion of grapes called “accessories” (Aligoté, Gamay etc.) might decrease from a tolerated 15% to 5%. If I’m honest I don’t really know of anyone who uses harvesting machines in the Côte d’Or – but feel free to send me your lists! I have the impression it might be seen in Chablis…

Huber-Verdereau is growing
Domaine Huber-Verdereau of Volnay, has just signed to acquire and operation and vines of the Clos du Colombier in Pommard. Le Clos du Colombier is a Pommard monopoly of 18 ouvrées (or 0.77 hectares). Their first bottles of Clos du Colombier will be available in early 2013. The Huber-Verdereau estate now covers nine hectares of vines in Volnay, Pommard, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. The domaine has been certified for organic and biodynamic agriculture since 2005. I’ve no experience of this domaine, but they sound ripe for a visit!

These images, ex BIVB

4 responses to “what’s new this week…”

  1. Ray Walker

    I hope the machine harvesting gets closed up. Just one of a few things off the checklist, but quite important for a multitude of reasons

  2. Tom Blach

    Rebourseau is the only name that springs immediately to mind, but maybe they have stopped.

  3. Mark in Pernand

    I knew, once I saw this article, I’d read something of late about machine harvesting but took me a minute or two to find the 19/7/2011 piece. Here’s a related update – don’t know hat on earth the ‘Tom’ respondent is on about ! :-

    http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/529176/burgundy-grands-crus-to-ban-machine-harvesting

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