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La Paulée circa 1905

Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. [1]

Inspired by enticing pictures of great bottles of Burgundy from the recent La Paulée de San Francisco this post features a few historic La Paulée images from over 100 years ago.  These pictures come from the article “Les Grands Vins Blancs de Bourgogne” published in Revue de Viticulture in January 1906.  At the beginning of the 20th century grapes in Burgundy were harvested then carried in large wicker baskets.

Le transport du raisins. [1]

At the end of harvest the last cart of grapes was decorated with a wreath of wildflowers.  The works all sang the traditional songs of La Paulée in celebration of the end of harvest.  The proprietor naturally provided a few bottles of good wine in celebration.

La dorniêre charrette de raisins rentre à la cuverie avec un énorme bouquet ; elle est sui ie des vendangeurs qui chantent la “Paulée” traditionnelle clôturant la vendange. [1]

Here is one such song:

Allons en vendange
Pour gagner huit sous
Coucher sur la paille
Ramasser des poux
Manger du fromage
Qui pue comme la rage
Boire du vin doux
Qui fait aller partout

[1] Revue de viticulture, Volume 25. 1906.  URL: http://books.google.com/books?id=G-YmAQAAIAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

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