Next month will see the UK’s first official “Bourgogne Week”, with Burgundy-themed events in London to coincide with the region’s 2013 vintage launch.
The year may be drawing to a close but tastings abound in Hong Kong and beyond.
The small Burgundy harvests in 2012 and 2013 have contributed to a slump in the region’s Asian markets, but the appetite remains undimmed.
With more foreign investors gaining a toe-hold in Burgundy and tough vintages hitting producers, the region’s vignerons are mulling what the future holds.
Burgundy’s wine bureau has hailed the 2014 vintage as “very promising indeed”, although it warned “good yields” would not be enough to replenish stocks.
Despite the worldwide fame of some Burgundian appellations, there are still many which lack major recognition the export director for the Burgundy Bureau has said.
The INAO is considering new premier and grand crus for several Burgundian appellations, including Marsannay and Mâcon.
A violent summer hailstorm has caused “catastrophic” damage to vineyards in Burgundy, with up to 70% of the harvest destroyed at a number of estates.
The Hospices de Beaune auction enjoyed record sales of €5,909,276 this weekend, with Asian buyers accounting for 12% of value sales.
Burgundy winegrowers have said this year’s weather has helped to produce a “rare but precious vintage”.
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