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Lavalle Jules

The French scientist Jules Lavalle (1820-1880) studied medicine and natural sciences in Montpellier and Paris. Confusingly, one often finds "Jean Lavalle" (Jean was his baptismal name) in references and "M. J. Lavalle" as author (M stands for Monsieur) on books. Lavalle was professor at the medical school of the capital Dijon in Burgundy, member of the city council, director of the city's botanical garden and member of the "Société géologique de France". Finally, towards the end of his life, Lavalle was also chairman of the commission in the fight against phylloxera.

In 1855, Lavalle published 'Histoire et Statistique de la Vigne de Grands Vins de la Côte-d'Or', which was largely based on 'Statistique de La Vigne Dans Le Departement de La Cote-D'Or' published by Denis Morelot as early as 1831. Lavalle describes the history of the vineyards in Burgundy. In 1861, he completed the first systematic classification of vineyards and sites. This was the basis for today's four-level Burgundy classification.

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