A little of History and Legends
As it is known that Brillat-Savarin was born in Bugey, to Belley, on April
1st, 1755. He is the ancestor and the model of all the gastronomic critics,
the author of the famous treaty on the Physiology of the Taste and the
creator of the word conviviality. In here is some quotations : " the one
who receives his friends and looks no personal care in the meal which
is prepared for them, does not deserve friends' credit note " " put a
man tired in front of a substantial meal, he is going to eat with effort
and will feel maybe better.
The cutting of the vineyard was "invented" according to the legend in
Bugey during the passage of St Vincent, boss of the winegrowers. We were
in May, whereas Saint Vincent blessed indefatigably Bugistes, his ass
went away to promenade under stocks. Finding in his taste the soft shoots,
grazing here, grazing farther, he made his meal.
Bewilderment and sadness when we noticed the matter. There was only a
quarter maybe promising clusters. But what clusters when in September
had come! Big, juicy, sweet as one pleases. We had just discovered that
the vineyard deserved to be cut ! We meant as soon as every year on January
22nd, the Saint would just be honored when begins the cutting. So that
today, no winegrower who respects himself will not allow to pass this
date without having cut at least a stock !
The Appellations of Bugey wines
The vineyard is situated on the department of Ain between that of the
Beaujolais and that of Savoy.
The local vines are :
- red : Mondeuse
- white : Altesse, Jacquères, Molette et Mondeuse blanche. Les
cépages importés sontt Pinot noir, Poulsard, Gamay , Pinot
Gris pour les vins rouges, Chardonnay et Aligoté en blanc et pour
les vins mousseux Chardonnay, Pinot, Gamay et Poulsard.
Wines of Bugey have this peculiarity to be separately converted into wine.
They are "monovine".
The general appellations are : Vin du Bugey, Vin du Bugey
mousseux, Vin du Bugey Pétillant, Roussette du Bugey. Mais le vignoble
étant constitué de terroirs très diversifiés
il existe d’autres appellations liées au nom des communes
telles que Vin du Bugey Cerdon, Cerdon méthode traditionnelle,
Cerdon méthode ancestrale, Vin du Bugey Machuraz, Vin du Bugey
Manicle, Vin du Bugey Montagnieu, Vin du Bugey Virieu Le Grand et les
Roussettes Anglefort, Arbigneu, Chanay, Lagnieu, Montagnieu, Virieu Le
Winegrowers and wine-producing cooperatives of Bugey Wines