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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 WAC 9 WAC 2022 9 0 - WAC - Inaugural conference 9 Winemaking techniques and wine tasting methods at the end of the Middle Ages

Winemaking techniques and wine tasting methods at the end of the Middle Ages

Abstract

Les pratiques de vinification et de dégustation du vin sont souvent perçues, à travers un discours marketing très puissant, sous l’angle d’une tradition millénaire qui perdure depuis le Moyen Âge. En Bourgogne, il est courant de rattacher les racines de ces pratiques à l’activité des institutions ecclésiastiques qui possédaient de vastes territoires sur la côte viticole. Mais que sait-on réellement des pratiques médiévales ? Que sait-on réellement du vin et du rapport au vin à la fin du Moyen Âge, une fois mis de côté les phantasmes de la permanence des traditions ? À partir des archives de la collégiale de Beaune, on peut retracer précisément, au XVe siècle, les méthodes de vinification des fameux « vin de Beaune » appréciés sur les tables princières. On peut savoir quels types de vin étaient réellement élevés dans les caves de cette institution, et comment ils étaient faits. On peut avoir accès, à partir des sources littéraires et médicales à la manière dont ces vins étaient réellement appréciés par les consommateurs de cette époque, et quels goûts étaient mis en valeur. Une approche ethnographique et archivistique permet ainsi de pénétrer dans l’altérité médiévale, qui s’avère au final bien plus étonnante que ne le laisse entendre un discours fortement ancré dans les pratiques vitivinicoles actuelles. 

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Publication date: June 27, 2022

Issue: WAC 2022

Type: Article

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Thomas LABBE – ARTEHIS

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Thomas LABBE – ARTEHIS Université de Bourgogne

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