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Bourgogne/Chablis

France

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Bourgogne, a place with a unique heritage, enjoys a climate that is particularly well-suited to vine cultivation. The convergence of Mediterranean, continental and oceanic influences plays a major role in terms of the aromatic richness and global reputation of its wines. The vineyards of Bourgogne are home to some celebrated varietals. With more than 90% planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Bourgogne is also a showcase for Gamay and Aligoté. Historical home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Bourgogne provides a terroir that is perfectly suited to bring out their very best. In Bourgogne, the wines are mainly single varietal. This “purity of expression” means that each plot gives each vintage its own personality and unique characteristics. For more information about Bourgogne wines, visit them on: www.bourgogne-wines.com, Instagram or Twitter.

Situated in the northernmost area of the region is Chablis. The grapevines around the town of Chablis are almost all Chardonnay, making a dry white wine renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavors less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates of the Bourgogne region. For more information about Chablis, visit them on Instagram or Twitter.

Region

30,052 hectares of growing area
for Bourgogne, among which
5,589 for Chablis

84 appellations

33 Grand Cru appellations

44 Village and Premier Cru
appellations

7 Régionale appellations

People

3,577 wine growing estates

266 wine merchants

16 cooperative wineries

Production

206 million bottles sold

€2 billion total worldwide sales

On average, 1 in 2 bottles is exported

Impact

45,200 jobs created

2.9% of wine sales worldwide in terms of value

21% of exports of still
French VQPRD wines

7% of total employment in Bourgogne

2% of GDP in the Bourgogne region

Primary Grape Varietals

Chardonay

Pinot Noir

Source: All the figures for this page are average 2015-2019

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Unique Fact 
Bourgogne is a patchwork of small plots, known as “Climats”, each with recognized and identified qualities. A Climat is a specific piece of land with its own unique combination of physical characteristics, orientation, and geological structure, which, when combined with human know-how, gives rise to a unique wine, vinified separately. The Climats form the basis of the rich palette of aromas and flavors to be found in the region’s many wines. Built over two millennia of history, these Climats have given birth to a unique cultural site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2015. The Climats, terroirs of the Bourgogne wine region, are part of a shared legacy, characterized by an exceptional heritage built around winegrowing, which has become the model for terroir-based viticulture in the eyes of the world. To find out more, visit their site.

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