NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--2017 proved to be a very exciting and successful year for the wines of Bourgogne. The 2017 harvest shows a return to volume levels not seen in some years. In addition, the quality of the grapes is excellent and predictions on the wines are very favorable.
A warm spring and early summer lead to fast and early budbreak and flowering. Summer heat increased the pace of ripening and even lead eventually to some hydric stress on the vines thanks to a lack of rain. But this was largely remedied with showers at the end of summer, and ideal conditions for harvest prevailed. Those areas affected by frosts and hail (the northerly areas of the Grand Auxerrois, Chablisien, and Châtillonnais, as well as a few odd places on the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise) may see comparatively lower volumes, but overall volume is very much improved over 2016. Total 2017 volume is estimated at 1.45 million hectoliters. This is slightly above average for the previous 10 years, though still below the maximum permitted by appellation regulations.
Export revenue increases impress in the first nine months of 2017:
This increased quantity of wine will help to meet global demand, which has not wavered. This is especially true for the United States as it remains the top export market. The volume of global exports was stable during the first nine months of 2017, at the equivalent of 6.48 million 9L cases. This was down only 1% compared to the same period in 2016. However, overall revenue continued to grow and in fact reached a new record of €636.1 million, up 7.9%. (Source: BIVB)
The United States confirmed its place as the leading foreign market, accounting for 24% of total export revenue for the first nine months of 2017. This strong performance was due in part to a favorable exchange rate. The Bourgogne wine sector sold a record 22% of its total export volume to the United States, or 1.4 million 9L cases, in this time period. Bourgogne wines accounted for 33% of the total volume of French white AOC wines exported to the U.S., and 47% of the revenue. Régionale Mâcon white appellations grew 7.5% by volume and 13.8% in terms of revenue. Crémant de Bourgogne continued to grow market share, increasing 23.5% by volume and 21.3% in terms of revenue. Régionale Bourgogne red appellations were also up 13.2% by volume.
It is expected that this success will continue and in fact be buoyed by the greater volume of the 2017 vintage at the expected high quality level.
Winemakers comment on the quality of the 2017 vintage:
White Wines Profile
From the north to the south of the region, opinion is unanimous: The 2017 vintage is one of the most elegant expressions of the Chardonnay grape, a very fine vintage indeed! Perfectly balanced wines include a wonderful aromatic profile. On the palate, minerality and tension balance out rich, fruit-forward wines. Nathalie Carrette of Domaine Carrette in Vergisson, Mâconnais says the 2017 vintage promises to be “full of fruit and floral aromas, lively on the tongue, with good body thanks to perfect ripeness in the summer sunshine.”
Red Wines Profile
From first glance, these wines simply invite one to taste them. Intense, dazzling colors ranging from ruby to garnet lead to notes of red and black berries in these extremely expressive wines. Marinette Garnier, winemaker at the Maison Jaffelin in Beaune confirms that vinification went very well for the wines, and “we have wines that are showing lovely colors. The tannins are silky and very pleasant.”
Crémant de Bourgogne Profile
The Chardonnay offers good balance, combining freshness with aromatic depth over notes of peach, quince, and tropical fruit. The acidity is present, but without excess, resulting in a light finish. The Pinot Noir offers red fruit, with touches of cherry and raspberry. In the mouth, it brings structure and a long finish. The Aligoté ensures a perfect blend, and brings good ageing potential. Lastly, the Gamay is indulgent, fruity, and expressive, and the perfect partner in the production of Crémant de Bourgogne rosés.
Hear more from some of the winemakers in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZY6CtnA1qg
For more information on the weather in 2017 as well as economic data, visit Bourgogne Wines website: https://www.bourgogne-wines.com/press/press-room,2333,9342.html
About the Bourgogne Wine Board
The BIVB represents the interests of Bourgogne wine producers in all markets, supporting sales and marketing of the region’s wines through strategic messaging and educational campaigns.