France’s new wine regions

Elisabeth Fosso - 11-janv.-2016 13:28:56
  For the first time in history, the French wine sector experiences a mini-liberalisation with the addition of 8,000 ha of new vineyards. It represents a 1% increase of the wine growing area. The new regulation – approved by the European Commission, enables winemakers to produce a new wine "appellation" or label to be called VSIG (Vins sans Indication Géographique: Wines without Geographic Indication).   Many in the wine business criticize the new regulation and consider that it can taint the reputation of the business as a whole and the traditional notion of "terroir" as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products. Indeed, terroir is the principle that justifies the protection of large parts of French agriculture. On the other hand, merchants and wine-producing companies believe that it will bring in new ideas and foster the development of new brands for the international market.   Eight years of tough negotiations in Brussels led to this and as of January 1 st , the rules on planting new vines in the EU have changed.       Sources: ,   © Getty images  


Elisabeth Fosso - 07-déc.-2015 10:43:35
 For the 9th edition of the French Wine Trade Show , Business France organises a trade tasting gathering 21 wine companies from all French wine regions. They will introduce more than 250 wines to the Irish trade, covering a wide range of appellations. Irish wine importers and journalists will have a unique opportunity to discover and taste some of the renowned wines of France at the Aviva Stadium, on Tuesday 19th January 2016 , from 1pm to 6:30pm.  Over the years, many partnerships between French wineries and Irish importers were built from the informal introductions made at this event. Organised as a walk-in tasting, this is a full Tour de France (Provence, Bordeaux, South-West, Rhône, Alsace, Loire and many more regions) under one roof!  SUD DE FRANCE is associated to the event this year, bringing nine exclusive companies from the Languedoc-Roussillon region. SUD DE FRANCE is the umbrella structure for Languedoc-Roussillon wines, highlighting the origin, the savoir-faire and the exceptional Mediterranean terroir of the area.  As the only French wine trade event in Ireland, this is an unmissable stop for importers who are looking for new lines for their portfolio. For more information, please contact Myriam Kajji – / 012 77 5086  

The 2013 grape harvest from Bourgogne will increase in spite of bad climate conditions

KAJJI Myriam - 18-sept.-2013 18:09:25
After the bad production of 2012 (the worst for 20 years with 1.2 million hectoliters), the Confédération des appellations et des vignerons de Bourgogne (CAVB) foresees an increasing of 6% in the grape harvest from Burgundy. Even if the bad weather of July and August has had a bad impact on the production, harvests are likely to reach 1.35 million hectoliters (a production which will still be below the normal threshold of 1.5 million hectoliters). Indeed, French producers from Burgundy have seen their vineyards affected by difficult climatic conditions from April to July. Because of cool temperatures, persistent rains and high humidity in April and May followed by storms and hails in June and July, some wine growers will see their production decrease by 80%. In some parts, all the crop has been destroyed by hailstorm . Moreover, the harvest will be postpone of two weeks whereas the alcohol content will be probably inferior than the previous year. Nevertheless, we can observe a slight recovery of the French wine sector with an increase of the annual production this year to reach 43.5 million hectoliters according to Jérôme Despey, president of the wine department of France Agrimer . Although the national wine production will not exceed the average production of the 10 previous years (45.4 million hectoliters), this activity is dynamic with growing innovation following consumption and buying trends. For example, there are more than 350 websites in France offer ing wines online and a French company is launching wine packaged in a can .

Paris fashion hub welcomes couture, menswear shows

Consumer Goods and Healthcare Department - 23-janv.-2012 10:56:06
PARIS - Paris once more turns fashion capital of the world for a week starting Wednesday, playing host to menswear shows before haute couture’s heady mix of craft and luxury casts its spell over the city. Models, buyers and fashion writers are to converge on Paris for a week of trend-spotting -- and hobnobbing -- as Italy’s Versace fetes its return to the couture club, in a glamorous buzz at odds with the ambient economic gloom. But first, on the heels of the past week’s Milan shows, 51 designers will send out their menswear looks for autumn/winter, with newcomers including the first clothing line by the LVMH-owned luxury boot maker Berluti. The fashion pack is keenly awaiting the first men’s line by Kenzo’s young new designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the New York duo who took over at the LVMH brand last summer. Also from New York the Cambodian-American designer Phillip Lim -- whose "3.1" brand is pitched as elegant streetwear -- makes his debut in Paris, as will the laid-back Japanese label Kolor. And the Londoner Kim Jones will be showing his second collection for Louis Vuitton, after a well-received debut last June. On Monday, men’s fashion makes way for haute couture, with two dozen houses sending out one-off creations -- whose dizzying artistry is matched only by their astronomical price tags -- over three days of exclusive shows. -- A wedding dress can go for 100,000 euros -- After an eight-year hiatus, the Italian brand Versace and its line "Versace Atelier" make a much-awaited return to the couture calendar on Monday. Also from Italy, the 45-year-old Giambattista Valli who showed a first couture collection as a guest label last season, graduates to the status of full member of the family. Monday evening also promises a visual treat with the show by the young Dutch creator Iris Van Herpen, who stunned Paris last season with bold, otherworldly creations fusing computer-drawn futurism with painstaking workshop craft. But day one of the couture shows will otherwise be dominated by Dior, which remains in the spotlight since John Galliano’s chaotic departure last March in the wake of a drunken, racist outburst. All eyes will be watching to see if the house, steered for the past 10 months by Galliano’s right-hand man Bill Gaytten, chooses this week to name a successor, with the Belgian Raf Simons currently tipped for the job. Tuesday comes the turn of two great French houses -- Chanel and Givenchy -- sharing the spotlight with small French designers Alexandre Vauthier (a favourite of R’n’B star Rihanna) or Julien Fournie. Jean Paul Gaultier grabs the limelight on Wednesday, alongside the French-Chinese designer Yiqing Yin, known for her sophisticated drapes, who was invited to show a guest collection this season. Haute couture is a protected appellation in France, awarded based on strict criteria like the amount of work carried out by hand and in-house, and the share of pieces made-to-measure. Chanel, Dior, Gaultier and Givenchy are the only major French houses that show couture, joined by a number of smaller French houses, as well as Italians Valentino and Armani, and now Valli and Versace, and the Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Haute couture caters to a core client base of no more than 100 women worldwide. They are joined each year by another 100 who will treat themselves -- or be treated -- to a once-in-a-lifetime dress, for a ball or a wedding. A unique creation from a young designer is never less than 15,000 euros (20,000 dollars); double that figure for something from a big-name house. Wedding dresses can go for 100,000 euros or more.   by Gersende Rambourg ( )  

The Agribusiness and Burgundy Wines in the press

Christel Roche - 06-oct.-2010 12:21:11
Please find bellow the article that was published in Licensing World Magazine in August 2010 about the Burgundy Wines seminaires wich took place on the 7th of September 2010. The BIVB (Burgundy Wine Board) invites Irish wine professionals to attend training seminars guiding them through the Burgundy wines appellations. The seminars are led by Desmond King, an official Burgundy wines trainer. These seminars bring together theoretical knowledge and practical application, offering guided  tastings of 8 wines to further learn about the intricacies of Burgundy wines. 1. The first training seminar (9am-11am) is a beginner level tailored to explore the large range of Burgundy appellations: Regional, Village, Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, both whites and reds. A fine selection of 8 wines will be presented and tasted, an opportunity for participants to experience the diversity and richness of Burgundy wines and learn more about their 2000 years of history. 2. The second training seminar (2pm-4pm) presents a more advanced perspective on Burgundy wines, with a tasting providing a fine selection of 8 of the 44 Village appellations of Burgundy. These ‘lesser-known appellations’ offer an excellent price/ quality ratio, responding perfectly to the evolving needs of Irish consumers in today’s economic environment.  

Burgundy Training Seminar in Dublin - 7th September 2010 - Fallon & Byrne

Pierre Olivier - 16-sept.-2010 18:50:07
On the 7th September 2010, the Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB) in association with the French Trade Commission Ubifrance was pleased to introduce to the Irish wine trade two training seminars related to the Burgundy region and its marvelous wines. The two captivating sessions took place in the function room of Fallon & Byrne and were animated by Desmond King, accredited speaker of the BIVB, and Nelly Blau-Picard from the BIVB.  The first morning seminar focused on general Burgundy knowledge, from regional appellations to the most prestigious “Grand Cru”. Desmond underlined the importance of the soils in Burgundy and explained the complex system of appellations and climats. The presentation was interactive and included a quiz to which the attendees could answer with an individual remote. The wines tasted were delicious and obviously, the Grand Crus were extremely popular.  Nevertheless, the Pouilly-Fuissé from Domaine Thibert and the Ladoix from Domaine Parent got their part of admiration too.  The wines tasted were as follows: 1. BOURGOGNE, 2008, Domaine C&C MARÉCHAL (White) 2. BOURGOGNE HAUTES-CÔTES DE NUITS, 2007, Domaine Manuel OLIVIER (Red) 3. POUILLY-FUISSÉ, Les Cras, 2007, Domaine THIBERT Père et Fils (White) 4. MERCUREY, 2008, Domaine SARRAZIN (Red) 5. SAINT-AUBIN 1er Cru, Le Charmois, 2006, Domaine Michel PICARD (White) 6. LADOIX 1er Cru, La Corvée, 2007, Domaine PARENT (Red) 7. CHABLIS Grand Cru, Bougros, Côte de Bouguerots, 2007, Domaine William FEVRE (White) 8. MAZIS CHAMBERTIN, 2007, Domaine Harmand GEOFFROY (Red) The afternoon session was dedicated to lesser-known appellations such as Bouzeron, Irancy or Fixin. This seminar focused on soils and grapes specificities and was illustrated by Nelly’s pertinent insights. The wines served were diverse and exciting: from the crispy Montagny, the rich and expressive Fixin to the elegant and delicate Chambolle-Musigny. The participants could discover and try the lesser known grape variety “César” allowed in the production of Irancy. The wines tasted were as follows: 1. BOUZERON, 2008, Domaine CHANZY (White) 2. MONTAGNY, Les Guignottes, 2008, Domaine ANDREOTTI (White) 3. SAINT-VÉRAN, Les Cras, 2007, Domaine des DEUX ROCHES (White) 4. CHABLIS 1er CRU, Vaulorent, 2007,  Jean-Marc BROCARD (White) 5. IRANCY, L’Âme du Domaine, 2007, Domaine VERRET et Fils (Red) 6. SAVIGNY-LÈS-BEAUNE 1er CRU, Les Lavières, 2008, Domaine C&C MARÉCHAL (Red) 7. FIXIN, Petits Crais, 2007, Domaine HUGUENOT Père et Fils (Red) 8. CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1er CRU, Les Combottes, 2007, Domaine Alain JEANNIARD (Red) The event was a great success and allowed the Irish wine trade to refresh its knowledge on Burgundy. Furthermore, it gave the opportunity to learn more characteristics of thi

French Wine and Spirits Trade Meeting - 18th February 2010

Pierre Olivier - 04-août-2010 18:59:49
France is the leading wine producer in the world with 45,7 million hectoliters produced in 2009. French wines are associated with tradition and quality and, with almost 500 AOCs (Appellations d’Origine Controlée) they are also synonymous with diversity. Today, Irish customers are more and more receptive to wines and wine knowledge and really appreciate French wines. As a matter of fact, France is the second wine supplier in Ireland.   On the 18th February 2010, the French Trade Commission - Ubifrance in Ireland had the great pleasure to organise a French Wine & Spirits Trade Meeting at Ely Brasserie CHQ, Dublin. On this occasion, 19 producers from all over France travelled to Ireland in order to present their finest products to the Irish trade. The trade meeting began with a market presentation to the French producers and was followed by B2B meetings which gathered nearly 50 Irish companies. The Irish importers were very satisfied with the quality of the products presented that day. The event was a success as some of the wines exhibited are now available on the Irish market.  The French Trade Commission - Ubifrance in Ireland has the great honor to announce that the French Wine Trade Meeting will hold its fourth edition in 2011. Here is the list of the French exhibitors: • ABK6 Cognac • Ackerman • Blaceret Roy • Cave Orschwiller • Champagne A. Robert • Château Castera • Château Vignol • EJDIS International • Domaine de Flines • Foncalieu vignobles • Château de la Font du Loup • Loire Links • Mangot • Plaimont • Rethore Davy • Tutiac • Veuve Ambal • Château de Villars Fontaine • Vin Attitude
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