BAN’S VENDANGES – CRIEE
Ban’s Vendanges has its origins in the Middle Ages. At the time, it was a compulsory collective service that allowed both control and tithing collection. Despite the fall of the feudal system in 1789, it remains in use almost everywhere under the aegis of the municipal authorities and becomes an important date in the wine and festive calendar. It is interesting to note that this formality could be double, that is to say that two dates could be fixed, one for the vines in hillsides, the other for the vines in plain. Note also that the dates during the 18th century are from September 20th for the earliest to October 21st for later. It is clear how the maturity of our grapes has changed in 2 centuries …
Finally, the publication of the ban derives today from the law of 21 October 1946 by which the mayor may, on the advice of the municipal council and after consulting the president of the existing local wine group, the mayor, can set the date to which the harvest of the grapes of harvest is authorized on the municipal territory.
The dates we ask to ratify are:
for the first grape harvests 200.. : the …….
This concerns the earliest varieties in the hottest neighborhoods. It is Viognier already at …. °, and Chardonnay Syrah grape, which brings color, strength, acidity to the sectors ……… .. They have …. % of sugar percentage.
For the Grenache grape which brings the fat, the fruit, the roundness and the authenticity “Côtes du Rhône”: the …. September for the sectors of ………. To date, they have ….% Of sugar percentage.
The volume is … .. at the last vintage and …… quality.
This staggering in the time of the harvest is a reflection of the complementarity of our terroirs of …, the respect of the specificity of each grape picked at proper ripening. The particularity and the quality of our wines are the result of the assembly of all our different soils, but with nuances that vary each year, and make that our wine is not an industrial product and with the constant flavor but a true product of the soil.
Winery of our cellars having given their agreement, we solicit of Messire ……… .., chief magistrate of our Commune, that it pleases to take a decree ratifying these dates.
The COMMANDERIE links the winemaker to its past, to its traditions and through it, we go back to our sources.
In accordance with the immutable rites of the Commandery, heiress of the old brotherhoods, it is ………. who was appointed by the Committee to request ………., first magistrate of the municipality, to ratify the authorization to start the harvest.
On the other hand, former winemakers known and esteemed by all were commissioned and checked the grape maturity status on a timely basis and declared that the harvest was ripe and promising to be of good quality.
Now you have to give your opinion…..
OYEZ , OYEZ ,
This day ……………………… of the year of grace ……
We proclaim on the public square so that nobody ignores the decision of the Committee of Winegrowers about the next harvest.
The Master Winegrowers, appointed by the Committee ,
- having noted the state of ripeness of the grapes in the various parcels of the Commune have expressed their observations that the beginning of the harvest could take place
- from………… for early varieties and
- the ……………… for the grenache
The Grand Master of the Commandery and the authorities of the profession having been informed, the masters of cellars having given their approval, we proclaim the lifting of the ban.
Moreover, we solemnly ask all those who have power, as well as the winemakers here present, to respect and enforce the practices established by our Fathers so that the quality of our wines is good and better if possible than that of previous years.
Finally we wish with all the heart to all the winemakers of generous grape harvests.