Terroirist Tuesday: WITWSBB? Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2014!

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Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2014, certainement.

Terroirist Tuesday: Terroir, Part 2 resumes next Tuesday.

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by L. M. Archer, FWS

Image: Courtesy BIVB
Image: Courtesy BIVB

binNotes was honored to be invited, and slated to attend  Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne March 17-21, 2014 – an international trade convention held every other year in Burgundy. However, unexpected work and study commitments pulled me offsides. Absent Burgundy in body, I will nonetheless be there in spirit, devoting this week’s Terroirist Tuesday to all things Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne

(Our talk on Terroir  will resume next week. Which is actually a good thing – because this gives you more time to take Get Your Terroir On.)


Established in 1992, the Grands Jours de Bourgogne spans one week in March, and occurs every two years. The international trade show brings together wine representatives and press in a series of tastings held throughout Burgundy –  not in a sterile convention center, but rather  ‘in the heart of the vineyard’. Did I mention the flawless logistics of this event… off-the-hook shuttle service, press kits and gracious event coordinators?


So this is what we’re all missing, folks. The week-long event includes:

  • 15 wine-tasting sessions
  •  10,000+ wines,
  • 1,000~ wine-growers

Sound daunting? Well, after a few tastings, thing may muddle a bit…But the French, those lovers of logic and precision, map out the week to allow for tastings in one subregion a day; each day of the week corresponding to one of of Burgundy’s five subregions.

The  schedule flows as follows:

  • Monday, March 17: Chablis/Grand Auxerrois
  • Tuesday, March 18: Côte de Nuits
  • Wednesday, March 19: Mâconnais
  • Thursday, March 20: Côte Chalonnaise
  • Friday, March 21: Côte de Beaune

I’ve included a link to the schedule for your perusal…attempting to outline each day’s events  proved too demoralizing…eyeballing all those missed tastings…well, you get the picture.

Actually, let me help paint one for you. Here’s a cool video of the event  for your viewing and listening pleasure. Now if they could just figure out a way to port in the wine for a full sensory experience…enjoy, and see you back here next week for another Terroirist Tuesday…Santé!

Thanks toBIVB

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