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Burgundy classification

The evaluation of vineyards or sites and categorisation into quality classes has an ancient tradition in French Burgundy, with the first classifications dating back to the Middle Ages and originating with the Cistercian monks. In 1855, the natural scientist Jules Lavalle (1820-1880) published the work "Histoire et Statistique de la Vigne de Grands Vins de la Côte-d'Or", which was largely based on the work "Statistique de La Vigne Dans Le Departement de La Cote-D'Or" published by Denis Morelot in 1831. Lavalle's book is also regarded as Burgundy's "answer" to the famous Bordeaux classification of 1855, which has remained virtually unchanged and used for marketing purposes to this day.

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