Category Archives: French wines

The network of Bourgogne Wine Ambassadors expands

With a network of 60 official Ambassadors in France and in 17 other countries around the world, the BIVB was keen to expand its team. And to do this, 10 training experts – including several Masters of Wine – were selected from around 100 applications around the world. Six came from the USA, one from Canada, and for the first time, successful applicants also came from India, Australia, and Switzerland, counting one apiece.
They traveled across Bourgogne from north to south, widening out their experience and discovering all the richness of the region through theory lessons, landscape readings, estate visits, meetings with professionals, and themed tastings. This intensive training week was capped off with a demanding final exam requiring a high level of understanding.
All 10 applicants passed the test, thus obtaining the coveted title of Official Bourgogne Wines Ambassador. These passionate specialists are now entitled to promote Bourgogne wines in a variety of ways, such as by hosting masterclasses in their territory with market influencers or wine-loving consumers.
Here is a list of our newly-qualified Bourgogne Wine Ambassadors:
•   Mark Shipway (Canada)
•   Marianne Franz (USA)
•   Christian Oggenfuss (USA)
•   Robert Bath (USA)
•   Tanya Morning Star Darling (USA)
•   Liz Palmer (USA)
•   Andrea Pritzker (Australia)
•   Sonal Holland (India)
•   Timothy Magnus (Switzerland)
•   James Barlow (USA)
In October, it will be the turn of France to strengthen its network. A recruitment campaign is underway with the aim of attracting 10 candidates to the Bourgogne region next fall. The following are prerequisites: Being a trainer in the wine sector with a good level of knowledge of Bourgogne wines; having a network of market influencers; and being active on social media.

The Ultimate Bourgogne wine tasting: 33 Grands Crus

33 Grand Crus of the Bourgogne winegrowing region are revered by wine-lovers the world over. If you feel the same, then you should sign up for this exclusive three-day training session in June during which you can sample and explore the very quintessence of Bourgogne wines.

With this unique session, the École des Vins de Bourgogne is offering you the opportunity to explore all 33 of these exceptional appellations. These three days are dedicated to tasting the most desirable and sought-after Bourgogne wines in an extraordinary learning experience.

“The Ultimate Bourgogne Wine Tasting: The 33 Grand Crus” will be hosted in English by two passionate experts, one in tasting and the other in geology.

To really get to grips with the terroir of these Grand Cru AOCs, multiple landscape readings below some legendary plots such as Montrachet and Corton are on the menu. The event is rounded out with visits to Grand Cru-producing wineries and guided tastings from the École des Vins de Bourgogne.

A Chinese buys top winery in Bordeaux

Chinese businessman Peter Kwok bought a prestigious grand cru in Bordeaux region, one more gem in his growing collection of French wines Chateaux.

Peter Kwok

The transaction was signed in the last days of 2017. Bellefont-Belcier, already bought by a Chinese in 2012 had been sold to a Cypriot in 2015. A new page is written for this area of Saint-Laurent des Combes in Gironde, which aims to make quality and the highest steps of Saint-Emilion.

Bellefont-Belcier, it is a great name of Saint-Emilion, a classified growth which was the first classified growth bought by a Chinese industrialist in 2012. This property of 13,5 ha is located between the Château Larcis Ducasse and the Château Roteboeuf, on the west of Saint-Emilion, not far from Château Pavie 1er cru classé A

Bellefont Belcier is the 7th castle acquired by Peter Kwok, after Château Tour Saint Christophe, Château Haut-Brisson, Château La Patache, Tourmaline Enclosure, Enclos de Viaud and Château Le Rey, Peter Kwok, is a businessman from Hong Kong, born in Vietnam. He never hid his love for French culture. He was the first “Chinese” investor to buy a vineyard in its entirety in 1997 with Château Haut-Brisson.

Like other areas, the vineyard will be managed by the team of Vignobles K with Jean-Christophe Meyrou as general manager whose goal is to bring Bellefont-Belcier to a higher level of quality.

According to the French renowned expert the property  has welcomed VIP guests including Royals, namely Juan Carlos of Spain.