Monday, October 23, 2017

"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947


"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947


"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017


I just received today this amazing book I bought online titled "Le Vignoble Girondin" by Germain Lafforgue, 1st edition from 1947, numbered 295 out of the 910 exemplaries published then. In superb condition I must say for a 1st edition of 1947.

I discovered this book while doing a few researches online for my post titled "Bordeaux is not only two banks and not all Bordeaux wines taste the same...."  (read it here) where I mentioned the unvaluable "Geologic Map of the Gironde Soils" contained in that book.

I cannot express or hide my joy and pleasure to now possess such a treasure, more especially for someone passionate about vineyard's soils, subsoils, topography and geology like me.

Here are a few pictures of this book (that all Bordeaux and other wine lovers should have on the shelve of their wine library) and more especially the Geologic Map just to give you "le vin a la bouche" (meaning to make your mouth watering with wine...  wine and vineyard knowledge that is 😉😊)

"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Introduction




"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Table des Matières



"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Table des Illustrations and Héliogravures


There is even the original letter from the editor.... amazing



"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Original Editor's Letter



And of course, the treasure inside, the cherry on the cake, there is the unfoldable map divided in 2 parts: The Gironde vineyards Map and Gironde Soils Geologic Map..... Love it.



"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Vineyards Map of the Gironde Region



"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Geologic Map of the Gironde Region

It is a great book of invaluable facts and data known at that time back in 1946-1947 about the wines, vineyards, soils, subsoils, geology and topography of the Gironde Region (Bordeaux), facts and data that are still relevant to this day for the most part. That's what makes that book invaluable in my opinion. I may be wrong but reading the knowledge of the old and wise is always a source of enlightenment to me. The old and wise were not always right, but if so why are we always going to the ancient methods and traditions (i.e. Organic and Biodynamic)?

A big Thank you to Denis, the person who sold it to me, the bookseller of a library called
"La Belle Page", located at Prades-Le-Lez (34730), a village situated north of Montpellier (Hérault), in the Languedoc-Roussillon in France. He packed the book the old way, in newspaper, which i appreciated very much as it reminds me of my grandfather and how he used to pack all sort of things back when I was a kid growing up surrounded by vineyards in the Côtes de Bourg


"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Packed like the old days with newspaper



"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Packed like the old days with newspaper



"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Packed like the old days with newspaper


"Le Vignoble Girondin" de Germain Lafforgue 1947 - ©LeDomduVin 2017
Just unpacked - Nearly pristine condition


Voilà, hope you like it as much as I do and you know what's left for you to do if you are curious enough, go buy the book, it is definitely worth it if you can find it.


Santé,

LeDomduVin a.k.a Dominique Noël 



2 comments:

  1. thanks for the book suggestions these are really awesome reads im am yet to read a couple of the books suggestions on your page but i will make time though and take a look at them thanks for sharing this

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    1. Thank you for your comment. It is definitely an awesome book, like we do not make them anymore. Even browsing on the internet, I couldn't find detailed map and other details like in that book. A keeper and definitely a book to go back to.

      LeDomduVin a.k.a Dominique Noel

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