Histoire du vignoble
en anecdotes

Voir aussi : L’Histoire du Vignoble

In 1181, the charter...

The charter of 1181 decreed that anyone who rode a horse through the vines or walked through them, whilst they were bearing fruit, at any time, would suffer the pain of corporal punishment, or a fine.
The accused had the possibility to save his ear by paying a fine or by swearing under oath that he was unaware of the fact that crossing the vines was forbidden.

In 1730, an incident whilst collecting tithes ...

In the year of 1730, the religious order of Saint Sulpice subpoenaed the farmer of their Priory, Paul Gilbert and his employee, who had not yet paid their farm rent from the previous year. They replied that they had not had a chance during the year of 1729 to enjoy the benefits of the clos les Chandelières, les Barres, Bonnefond and les Gentonnes, seeing that their tax collectors had suffered such bad treatment on the first day of the harvest that one of them, Jean Clément, had died, whilst another one suffered a broken arm and got stabbed twice in the back by a pitchfork, whilst the third one was clubbed by a stake...

In 1776, the parish priest ...

The parish priest of the time noted: "if due to a drought there was a lack of water, the harvest in itself was bountiful….Veritable rivers of wine run, the horses drank the vin doux and didn’t even want to eat the grapes that were offered to them".

In 1781 the parish priest, episode 2 ...

The priest, who also owned his own clos in the vines, noted in the parish register "this year I have harvested 41 pieces and a quart in one of the vicarage’s vineyards, the vines flowered the 10th of May" (So about 1 month early).

In 1790 the vines under guard ...

On the 8th of August 1790, the seigniorial rights and tithes being abolished by the revolution: "The inhabitants and farm workers of the parish assembled in the church of Menetou-Salon at the sound of its bell; reckoning that their principal revenue was the fruit of the vine ,they demanded an edict which was to be given to them by the municipal officers and notables assembled".
Six delegated vignerons were designated to assist the municipal officers and the vineyard guards were quickly nominated.
"Today, the 15th of August 1790, we, the municipal officers, have chosen as the vineyard guards: Augerat, Pierre Chavet….all vignerons of this parish, who have accepted their nomination, and have taken the oath."

In 1875, in the newspaper the Lyon-Républicain ...

"…the harvest throughout France is larger than all estimates. It is nearly double the first evaluation. In Menetou-Salon, near Bourges, one is given one barrel's worth of wine in exchange for two empty barrels ! They are so rare they have achieved exorbitant prices'.

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