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Burgundy Classification Map of 1861


Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]

Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]

This post features the map published by the Comite d’Agriculture de Beaune in the book Plan statistique des vignobles produisant les grands vins de Bourgogne (1861).  It is an important book because it represents one of the mid-nineteenth century efforts to classify the climats and lieux dits of Burgundy.  The majority of the book contains tables of classification so that for Vosne we learn that Aux Brulees and La Grande Rue are classified as first class and Les Chaumes as second class.  The map is colored coded to match the tables, with red representing first class, yellow representing second class, and green representing third class.  The first class encompasses vineyards that produces wine of triple rapport “du bouquet, de la finesse et de la conservation”.  You do not need to be knowledgeable about Burgundy to appreciate the entire map.  I downloaded higher resolution sections then stitched them together for full effect so be sure to zoom in all the way.  It is then that you may see the contours of the land and that individual vineyards were not always of singular quality.

Close up of Vosne from Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]

Close up of Vosne from Plan des Vignobles produisant Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne. 1861. [1]


[1] Batault-Morot, E. Plan statistique des vignobles produisant les grands vins de Bourgogne. 1861. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique.  URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb33540009k

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