- Author: ROBERT PLAGEOLES & BERTRAND MAC GAW
- Publisher: Éditions Tonnerre de l'Est
- Language: French
- Release date: 02/2020
- Number of pages: 112
- Dimensions: 21 x 29 cm
- Weight: 400g
- Format: softcover
- ISBN: 9782954031699
A fascinating book, written by the great Gaillac winemaker Robert Plageoles and illustrated by the very talented Bertrand Mac Gaw!
Exceptional, abundant and fundamental, this magnificent book invites the reader to discover the original vines. The wild ones, which are at the source of the cultivated vines, and those of the Gaillac vineyard, here captured in the course of their bimillennial history and of a geography restored with life and knowledge.
Robert Plageoles, a scholar with indomitable verve and a great winegrower, is at the origin of the renaissance of the ardent grape varieties of his native land. His lively prose and surprising poetic effusions win over readers.
And makes us understand, by opening a hundred other perspectives, that the most ancient culture of the vine possesses an invigorating power likely to reach us, to ensure, perhaps, the revival of the vines of all the vines, threatened today by an excessively intensive culture, and by the culpable neglect of the art and the craft that they require. On the tree of life, the wild vine and the long-forgotten vines are perhaps the secret guardians of the plant of Dionysus and its wines, whose precious cultivation requires essential attention.
An inexhaustible book, a passionate writing, intended for all lovers of nature, history and wine!
Illustrations by Bertrand Mac Gaw
Under the pastel blue beams of his library in Castelnau-les-Montmiral, Robert Plageoles, born in 1935, feeds himself mainly with leaves from rare books on the vine, and precious sips of natural Mauzac drawn from the best sources. A demanding and substantial diet, which has allowed this winegrower, great sportsman and inexhaustible defender of the virtues of the great wines of Gaillac, to multiply his research and communications devoted to his life's vocation: the vine, of which this book is a faithful reflection.
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