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Pulliat Victor

Pulliat Victor The French winemaker Victor Pulliat (1827-1896) was born at the "Domaine de Tempéré" winery in Chiroubles (Beaujolais). Inspired by a book by Alexandre Pierre Odart (1778-1866) he began to collect different grape varieties from all over the world, whereby over the course of time a stock of over a thousand pieces resulted. With Alphonse Mas he founded the trade magazine "Le Vignoble" (Der Weinberg), which appeared from 1874 to 1880. In 1869, he founded the winegrowing company of Lyon and devoted himself primarily to fighting the phylloxera that at that time in his home region Beaujolais caused devastating damage.

He was a representative of the "American solution" and propagated the through lectures and conferences finishing the Gamay vines in American Taylor documents, When the French embargo against the import of American vines was lifted as useless in 1879, Pulliat offered the winegrower families free grafting lessons in Chiroubles after the Sunday mass in the church of Saint-Germain. In doing so, he made a significant contribution to saving wine in Beaujolais and to accepting the refinement process, which was still controversial at the time.

Together with the French botanist Jules Emile Planchon (1823-1888) he was the author of the monthly magazine "La Vigne Américaine et la Viticulture en Europe" (The American Vine and Viticulture in Europe). Other works by him include “Manuel du greffeur de vignes” (Handbook of Vine Grafting), “Les Cépages et les Vins Beaujolais” (The Grape Varieties and the Beaujolais Wines), “Les raisins précoces” (The Early Grapes) and based on his Grape Variety Collection “ Mille Variétés de Vignes ”(thousand varieties of grapes). In 1894 he received a professorship in viticulture at the Agronomic Institute in Paris.

Finally, in 1889, he took over the management of the Ecully agricultural school (Lyon). Here he developed a classification for dividing grape varieties into five categories according to their Mature timing (ripening early to late), which is still used today. For his services, he was admitted to the "Legion d'Honneur" (Legion of Honor). His portrait bust stands today opposite the Church of Chiroubles. Every year in April, one commemorates one's memory with a tasting in which the best wines from all ten Crus des Beaujolais are selected. To this day, he has received several contemporary chansons with the rhyme "Je lève mon verre et je bois à ta santé Victor Pulliat" (I raise my glass and drink to your health, Victor Pulliat).

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