Bourgogne in turmoil? January 30th, 2020


The locals, especially the BIVB, get upset when we anglophones continue to call the region Burgundy, but actually I find it useful to be able to differentiate between the region Burgundy and its generic Bourgogne wines.

It is Bourgogne which is a little bit in turmoil at the moment.

Some producers in the Beaujolais have been pushing to get their wines classified as Bourgogne. I think this is connected to recent changes which have limited how Gamay from the Beaujolais can be included in generic Bourgogne.

The INAO have been listening to what the Beaujolais producers have been asked for and are proposing to redraw the list of communes included within AOC Bourgogne.

However, while adding some communes from the Beaujolais their proposal removes AOC Bourgogne status from 64 other communes – in the Yonne, around Dijon and most especially the 23 communes of the Chatillonais district on the northern edge of the Côte d’Or.

I have not fully got to the bottom of this and the proposals are still a long way away from being enacted. There is a petition online about this issue here.

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