Shortage of Chablis penalises exports

Wednesday November 29 2017 by Vitisphere

- Photo credit : chablis.fr

The United Kingdom is the second-largest market for Burgundy wines, by volume and value. White wines, particularly Chablis, account for a significant chunk of exports with a 38% volume share. “Due to a lack of wines”, volumes fell by 30% over the first nine months of 2017. Another explanation proffered by the BIVB marketing board to justify the shortfall is the unknowns that continue to surround Brexit as MPs have yet to study the relevant government bill in detail. Overall Burgundy export volumes to the UK therefore fell by 10% to end September.

Regional appellations on the rise

But the situation is mixed depending on the appellation with volumes being carried over to the regional appellations”, said a more measured Frédéric Drouhin during a press conference at the Hospices de Beaune. Shipments of Mâcon white (Mâcon and Mâcon Villages) indeed rose by 6.6% by volume and 8% by value. White wines from the Côte Chalonnaise (village appellations and first growths) followed a similar trend, with rises of 11% in volume and 23.4% in value. Nevertheless, the increases were not enough to compensate for the current decline in Chablis shipments. 

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