Burgundy wine producers believe that the 2009 grape harvest has the potential to produce a "magnificent" vintage.

Vineyards are in "perfect health", following good summer weather, which has aided grape ripening, the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) said this week.

"2009 is set to be a high-quality vintage: fruity, concentrated, balanced, powerful….in a word, magnificent," said the BIVB, which is the trade body for the Burgundy region. 

"This promising vintage is the fruit of a combination of ideal climatic conditions and controlled volumes. The harvest volume is estimated at 1.4m hectolitres, 10% less than in 2008."

The BIVB's comments will be a welcome piece of optimism for Burgundy producers, who saw exports fall 30% in volume and value in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the same period of 2008.

Earlier this month, a BIVB spokesperson told just-drinks that the body will not attempt to artificially restrict the 2009 harvest in response to falling demand, unlike some other European wine regions, such as Champagne and Chianti Classico.