« Femmes Et Vins de Bourgogne » and « le Cœur des Femmes »
At the November 2018 Hospices de Beaune annual wine auction, the Business women in Burgundy wine association bid for a cask of Auxey-Duresses 1er cru « Les Duresses », cuvée Boillot 2018, purchased on their behalf by Francine Picard.
In partnership with Ludovine Griveau and wine maker Maison Pierre Mayeul the wine was vinified and raised then bottled and left to age for 3 years in the cellar belonging to the association’s president, Nathalie Fèvre.
The purpose of this operation was charitable and truly heartfelt : indeed, heart disease is the major cause of death for women and for this reason we had chosen to fund the « Cœur et Recherche » institute for its research work on the female heart ; at a later stage, it is our intention to support another project consisting in the building of a convalescent home for women in Burgundy.
On the theme of the French paradox -the heart and wine - we will be holding a charity evening ; in fact, in relation to this the medical journal « The Lancet », published an article claiming that after some years of research it was established drinking 2 or 3 glasses of wine daily could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 40% so we can assume there is a strong link between wine and a woman’s heart.
This gala and dinner is organized for Thursday 14 December 2023 at the Clos de Vougeot château during which there will be an auction for the Auxey Duresses vintage, each lot including magnums or jeroboams, together with a contribution from each member of the FevB association.
Supporting this event we will welcome the actress, Alexandra Lamy as a guest of honour.
We hope you will also be able to join us at this great gala evening for the benefit of such a worthy cause and further information will be given shortly.
*Average rainfall January to July : 300mm
*Average rainfall April to July : 196mm (during the vine growth period)
*In June :120mm
*In July :10mm
*In August :23mm
*Temperatures in May : up to 28°C
*Temperatures in June : up to 35°C
*Peak July temperature, on 19th : 39°C
*In August, temperatures regularly hit 30°C
*High sunlight in May, June, July and August
*Average rainfall for the year 2022 : less than 600mm.
These statistics may be dull but they highlight reasons for the characteristics of the 2022 vintage wines.
*budburst, early April
*rapid vegetation growth
*flowering ended around 26 May (even earlier than in 2020)
*grapes ripened in heatwave conditions
*grape picking started around 20 August
*owing to exceptional sanitary conditions, harvesting took place over several weeks to ensure grapes picked at the right time for the best standard.
Who would have thought that such extreme meteorological conditions could produce a wine with so much freshness, fruitiness, delicacy and elegance ?
Nobody could have imagined it, but the fact is that in spite of the heatwaves in summer, the lack of water except for some providential rainfall in June in excess of 120mm, the vine proved its ability to resist ; the vine sought what it needed deepdown and together with the showers in August just before the harvest, was able to allow the grapes to ripen with sufficient juice.
The ability of the vine to withstand the climatic conditions of the year can explain the rich quality of the 2022 vintage.
Domaine Jacques Prieur
Best wishes for the New Year.
The year 2022 is now behind us, with another round of Covid and other problems and unexpected events, and the New Year 2023 has started in a somewhat dismal and uncertain atmosphere.
Nevertheless, I would like to hope that this new year 2023 will be one of joy and peace.
I may be realistic but remain confident in the future if we stay united and strive together with all our energy to overcome difficult situations : the year 2023 will depend on what we make of it !
So, lets make the best of life and share every moment of happiness which in fact is the very essence of our association. It must be reminded that we, as business women in Burgundy wine, are dedicated to promoting and surprising you with wines full of emotion, representing our passion for winemaking ; you may rest assured ,you will not be disappointed.
I wish you therefore, most sincerely an excellent New Year with good health in particular and joyfulness for yourself, family and friends.
Cheers !... and long live 2023 !