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Les Vins de Bourgogne - Chablis Grand Cru_Chablis: Larmat, 1953

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  • Title: Les Vins de Bourgogne - Chablis Grand Cru_Chablis
  • Author: Louis Larmat 
  • Date: 1953
  • Condition: Very good
  • Inches: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 26.03 x 18.41 [Image]
  • Product ID: 308234

Burgundy Wine Map Depicting Chablis

Map of one of the principal wine growing regions in France from Les Vins De Bourgogne.  Maps from this publication, as here, showing in detail appellations controllées (AOC) with colors indicating the designation of the classification of wine by terroir.  The appellation of Chablis Grand Cru is marked in yellow; the Chablis appellation is marked in green, and the Petit Chablis appellation in paler green. Individual vineyards/vignobles, and the communes of Ligny le Châtel, Maligny, Villy, Lignorelles, la Chapelle Vaupelteigne, Fontenay-près-Chablis, Fyé, Poinchy, Milly, Courgis, Beine, Chichée, Chemilly-sur-Serein, Poilly-sur-Serein, Viviers, Béru & Fleys are shown.

The map is lovely and quite detailed, showing rivers, canals, forests, towns, villages, roads, and chateau.  Elevation on the detailed maps in hachure. 

From Rome to France, Burgundy Wine History

In the year 52BC, after their conquest of Gaul, the Romans founded the town of Autun and brought vines to the region to slake the Gauls’ growing thirst for wine, which had previously been imported. Winegrowing began to take off, and the first record of its existence dates back to the fourth century AD. In the Middle Ages, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the two monastic orders of Cîteaux and Cluny really helped spread vine cultivation. Through their work, they helped the region take off and contributed largely to the wines’ growing reputation.

During the Middle Ages, the understanding of winemaking continued to grow. In Bourgogne, people gradually worked out which were the best terroirs upon which to make wine. And this is how the nobles came to plant their vines on the hillsides around Beaune.

However, in the fifth century, the Barbarian invasions brought about the fall of the Roman Empire. Then, with the rise of Christianity, the Bourgogne region saw growth in abbeys and monasteries. Cluny was founded in 909 and Cîteaux in 1098. The monks combined prayer and labor, developing their farming activity, which rapidly came to include the cultivation of vines. The vines then became the property of the Cistercian and Cluniac monks, who were largely responsible for the popularity of Bourgogne.

Famous for its prestigious Climats, classified as Premier and Grand Crus, Bourgogne also offers some delightful Village and Régionale appellations.  The vineyards of Bourgogne produce some great wines with a historical and international reputation. However, the region is not simply limited to its iconic appellations. In addition to its Village Premier Cru and Grand Cru AOCs, it also produces a range of wonderful Régionale and Village appellations to explore.

The Climats of Bourgogne were included on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 4, 2015. This inclusion involves not only the main players in the Bourgogne wine trade, but everyone who is passionate about this unique winegrowing area. This inclusion allows international recognition for this unique location, but above that, it aims to promote the Climats and preserve this unique, 2000-year-old cultural heritage for future generations.

It is safe to presume that as long as wine is consumed, the visual story of wine growing will continue to have great appeal.