The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has just added the regions of Champagne and Burgundy as part of its World Heritage list, a recognition that wine producers in these regions chase since many years ago, especially addressed to vineyards and cellars, but that indirectly will benefit large sections of the society and population of each region.
With regard to Champagne, the decision affects areas such as Hautvilliers, Aÿ, Sainte-Nicasie in Reims and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay, who make up the productive core of the most appreciated and traditional sparkling wine in the world. According to the verdict itself from UNESCO, “these areas witness the development of a very specialized artisan activity which has become an agro-industrial enterprise”.
As for Burgundy, Unesco has included 1,247 “climats” of the region, demarcated wine production plots that make up the characteristic mosaic that covers the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, as well as the villages and the city of Beaune, in addition to the historical centre of Dijon.
According to the Committee in charge of the inclusion of this area, “the site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages”.
In turn, the co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Aubert de Villaine, said: “This inscription is also a recognition to the work of generations, the Cistercian monks, the Dukes of Burgundy, men and women, wine growers.. All of whom have, through the centuries, painstakingly shaped the vineyards of Burgundy in their determined quest for excellence”.
Pierre Cheval, president of the Association Paysages du Champagne, which has coordinated the candidacy of the region during the past eight years, said that “The listing is a form of recognition, but also undertaking to the world’s nations, so we must ensure that we are worthy of it. We are duty-bound to preserve and maintain this landscape, know-how and heritage so that we can pass them on unspoilt to future generations”.
Thus, after the announcement by the Unesco, these regions join, in their membership of the World Heritage, the Italian region of Piedmont, Mosel in Germany, Tokaj in Hungary and Wachau in Austria.
R de Ruinart: a sparkling wine from this DO: Champagne made with pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and has a volume of alcohol of 12º.
Grand Regnard Chablis 2013: a white wine with Burgundy DO with the best bunches of chardonnay from the 2013 vintage.