A celebration of the Burgundy winegrowing tradition
Claude Chapuis, Professor of Wine-growing and Culture at the School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWSB), has published the following three fascinating articles in the July 2020 issue of the Pays de Bourgogne journal (number 260), which showcases the winegrowing memory of our region:
“In Memoriam, Jean-François Bazin, 1942–2020“: “Author of over 60 publications devoted in the main part to wine and Burgundy, the recently deceased Jean-François Bazin was a close friend of BSB. In September 2018, he received the BSB-SWSB prize awarded during the Livres en Vignes fair.”
“Faussaires et Falsificateurs du vin de Bourgogne“: “Wine fraud has existed ever since man began cultivating vines, coming to a head over the 18th and 19th centuries with the development of wine-growing chemistry and crises. Whilst the practice has not entirely disappeared, it has nevertheless diminished considerably since the implementation of the designation of origin system in 1935.“
“André Ropiteau, le Bourguignon de Tahiti“: “An alumnus of BSB (or ESC Dijon, as it was known at the time) and the son of Meursault winegrowers, André Ropiteau roamed the entire world selling the wines grown on his family’s property, setting himself up in Tahiti. In protest against the Munich agreements, he enlisted for the French army and died a hero at Toul on 21st June 1940, the day before the signing of the Armistice.“
Also worthy of note in the Pays de Bourgogne issue is an article written by Hubert Bonal, director of BSB from 1986 to 1994 titled “Dauphinois d’origine, Bourguignon d’adoption, Limousinier de profession“.
You can obtain issue number 260 of the Pays de Bourgogne at: pays-de-bourgogne.com
Recently, Claude Chapuis had also published another article for the Pays de Bourgogne (number 258, October 2019): “De la plume à la souris. Histoire de la cartographie du vignoble bourguignon“.
He is also the author of the chapter “Touristes en Pays de Vignes / Tourists in the Vinelands” in the book In Climats Veritas by Youri Lebault (published by Terres en Vues, September 2019).