History of Bordeaux...
My new home. Bordeaux.
To give you some back history, Bordeaux has seen its share of victories and defeats. However, wine has defined Bordeaux’s history. As far back as the 3rd century BC, when the Romans introduced wine to the region, the Bordeaux’s wines, well let's just say they have a rep to protect. In the mid-12th century, its path to worldwide wine fame was set forever when King Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine (Mother to Richard the Lionheart) and thus gained control of the Bordeaux region. Eleanor's marriage to King Henry also ushered in a struggle between France and England for control of the Aquitaine and the vast English territories in France that would last for three centuries.
However, for Bordeaux, the marriage brought only good, as the King gained favor with Bordeaux citizens by allowing them, among other concessions, tax-free trade with England. From 1154 to 1453, Bordeaux prospered under English rule. When the French retook the city in 1453, they ruined it, of course, commerce took a nose dive because of the loss of the English wine trade.
Bordeaux Under the French
From 1648 to 1653, the city joined a series of urban rebellions known as Les Frondes, with Bordeaux's the last to be quelled. By the 18th century, the city had acquired new wealth by trading in slaves and sugar. The city’s center was rebuilt by several enthusiastic royal governors, notably Claude Boucher and the Marquis de Tourny. Bordeaux took a triple blow in the 19th century with the end of the slave trade in 1815, a slump in the sugar trade and the 1878 destruction of its vines by phylloxera. Phylloxera was a huge blow to the region. Millions of vines had to be uprooted and burned as a result of the spread of the tiny, vine-killing bug.
The problem could only be fixed by grafting European vines onto the stem of the American vine, (America to the rescue, again!) which was resistant to phylloxera.
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