The Norman minstrel lived in the 13th century. Among other things, he wrote around the year 1223 the famous quarrel "La bataille des vins" (The Battle of Wines). This takes place at the court of the French king Philippe-Auguste, who wants to find out the best wine. As a lover of white wines, he gets a total of 70 wines, which are tasted. Most are French wines from the areas that are very well known today Beaune
. Champagne. Alsace
, But there are also some from Spain and Cyprus, as well as from the Moselle. Judge is an English clergyman who first excommunicates all wines that are too sour or detrimental to health. These are mainly wines from the northeast of France such as Argences, Beauvais, Rennes and Tours, where due to the then warmer climate much wine was grown.
Then the wines themselves take the floor and cheerfully praise their special merits. The wines from the south claim the victory because of their alcohol strength, but those from the northern areas think that they did not taste so strong, but rather delicate: "We are tasty and tender. We do not cause a storm at the hearts, bodies, eyes and heads "
. Finally, the king gives all good wines a title. Surprisingly, a Cypriot wine is declared the winner and is dubbed the "Pope". Finally, Henri d'Andeli explains the therapeutic effect of enjoying good wines. As a result, all diseases could be avoided until the day of death. See also below awards