Puligny-Montrachet: Journal of a Village in Burgundy
'Not just one of the best books on wine, it's one of the bestbooks on France.' Michael PalinThe sleepy village of Puligny-Montrachet produces the greatestwhite wines in Burgundy, famous throughout the world, but the placeitself is unknown to outsiders. The lives of its inhabitants areshaped by the rhythms of the agricultural year, punctuated by theintense activity of the harvest, when the noise of tractors echoesdown the narrow streets as the grapes are carried to thecellars.This vivid and evocative journal of everyday life in ruralFrance takes us through the cycle of the seasons, from the bonfiresof the winter prunings to the celebrations of the feast of StVincent. We meet the butcher, the baker, the mayor and, of course,the vignerons, from small growers cultivating a few rows of winesto the owners of the best Domaines.Combining a history of the village with a detailed study of thevines, this is a fascinating snapshot of a way of life that isdisappearing.