Boisset’s plans for new non-GI vineyards in Burgundy

Friday October 06 2017 by Vitisphere

- Photo credit : Boisset

Nuits-Saint-Georges company Boisset has partnered with two farming co-operatives, Bourgogne du Sud (Saône-et-Loire) and Dijon Céréales (Côte d’Or), to set up an innovative project involving non-GI vineyards. The new vines will be planted in Bresse and on the Saône plains, in Saint-Loup-Géanges (Saône-et-Loire). This is a first for Burgundy, made all the more exceptional by the fact that the land is just 10km from the appellation vineyards of Côte d’Or and the prestigious Côte de Beaune.

Applications for new planting rights for 65 hectares were filed in 2016 by a dozen farms interested in the project. Permission was granted in March 2017. The idea is that the farmers fund the plantings and produce their own grapes on land that belongs to them, following precise guidelines laid out by the negociant. In exchange, Boisset agrees to buy the grapes and process them in its wineries. Production and purchasing conditions are officially specified in a long term contract between both sides.

Home-grown to replace imports

For Boisset, the purpose of the project is to secure and increase its supplies of white grapes – Chardonnay, Colombard and Ugni Blanc – for production of sparkling base wines. The company aims to ramp up sparkling wine production, mainly for export markets under its ‘Charles de Fere’ brand, but struggles to find still wines of the quality and quantity needed. “Rather than import wines from abroad, we would prefer to produce them ourselves so that everyone benefits”, explains director Georges Legrand. 

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