Some would say that the history of Burgundy is not relevant to understanding and appreciating the wine. On the other hand, it could also be said that Burgundy wine is the product of a culture, and a culture is an accumulation of energies derived from a history. To understand the history, helps understand the energies, and thereby the wine.
At the foot of the Combe de Lavaux in Gevrey Chambertin, sits the winery of Bernard Dugat Py. In bygone days, the property and surrounding land, were owned and farmed by the monks. The name remains the same - L’Aumônerie. His cellars are the oldest in Gevrey, dating back to the 11c. Bernard on the face of it is a normal sort of bloke, and he will tell you that the wine he makes in these old cellars, has an extra positive energy. He will also tell you, that he and his colleagues find it easier to work in the old cellar, rather than the new cellar, both cellars being at exactly the same depth. The old cellar benefits from an energy associated with the fact that the same thing has been done, year in year out, in this ancient cellar, for the last 1,000 years. Bunkum? Maybe, maybe not.
Guigone de Salins lived through one of the most turbulent and violent periods of Burgundy’s colourful history. Her husband, Nicolas Rolin, was the manipulative and ruthless Chancellor, who to preserve the commercial interests of Burgundy, sold France to Henry V of England. Guigone was pious, modest, with a generous nature. The Hospices de Beaune, a charitable institution which they both founded more than 500 years ago, where she alone was buried, continues to radiate her positive energy to this day. Would it have happened without Guigone? The 157th annual auction takes place in Beaune this weekend.
Who was Guigone? A young woman of 20, who could trace her ancestry to 50 AD, delivered up as yet another trophy in the glittering career of 47 year old Rolin. An article telling Guigone’s story, in her own words, is now on our site blog.theburgundyshop.com
Now back briefly to the darned Plaque and the DRC web site.
The ruins of the Abbey of St Vivant - the undisputed birthplace of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, have been gradually deteriorating on the hill of Vergy, since the post Revolutionary forces had the bright idea to use the stone for other purposes. For the last 20 years, DRC has been seeking to raise money to support a preservation and restoration project to save its patrimony. Am I serious? Well actually yes. They have not been unable to do more due to lack of financial resource. Is there anything more to say? This magnificent spot, on this historic hill, with the most amazing positive energy, neglected. Well, I suppose that is not the complete story - they did erect the plaque! Just think how good your wine could be with the benefit of this additional energy DRC! 😀 Bunkum? - probably! A bientot!