For the second year in a row, the French region of Bourgogne is pleased with the harvest: wine professionals expect a quality year of 2018 and, in particular, "exceptional" white wines.
"in whiteI think we have a vintage exceptionalboth in quantity and quality", said François Labet, the chairman of the Interprofessional Bureau of Burgundy (BIVB), during a press conference.
"in red, the revenues that we expected relatively important will certainly be less important"because there is"less liquid than solid in our grapes. "But"we have absolutely a quality remarkable"he added.
"The balance is there. Color and extraction for red, minerality and freshness for white", the STIB promises in a statement that evokes"a very mild weather and a perfect sanitary quality"as good as"a harvest that started early".
"We are in the tradition of previous years, undeniably, the greenhouse effect is good for us, the north of the region, and Pinot and Chardonnay love these conditions", said Mr. Labet.
After a harvest "historically low"in 2016 mainly because of the frost, the harvest of 2017, with just over 1.5 million hectoliters, the wine market in Burgundy revived.
The export growth is therefore considerably stronger than last year in the same period, according to the CIVB: + 4% in volume for the first seven months of 2018 compared to -2% in 2017, "mainly driven by North America and Asian markets".
"Like the harvest 2018 is as beautiful as expected, Burgundy can hope to find the balance between supply and demand needed for its economic development in the long term", says the organization.