New Burgundy appellation - Bourgogne Côte d'Or

In subscribing to various of the wine industry journals, there are trickles of updates to appellation rules in various countries.  New appellations and subregions, mostly.  My opinion, and it is just that, is that these new additions mostly present as plausible and helpful, but in practice, add to a weighty tome of worldwide wine regions and subregions.  The impossibility of remembering them all, and the disinclination I suspect by most to even try to, I think may not help consumer understanding.

The latest is that we learn that a new appellation of "Bourgogne Côte d'Or" AOP has been reported as approved by the French authorities.  It covers just the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, and has some stricter production rules around vine density and yields compared to regular Bourgogne AOP.  It is also distinguished from Bourgogne AOP and Côteaux Bourguignons AOP (yes, that exists too) in that these wider appellations permit the "other" Burgundy grapes and extend south as far as Beaujolais.  While well meaning, this new appellation fits the paradigm: it appears helpful, yet adds to that tome.
August 25, 2017

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