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Irish Merchants and Bordeaux SIGNED

Irish Merchants and Bordeaux: The Irish Role in the Invention of Grands Crus Wines

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Project "Irish Merchants and Bordeaux" data sheet

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Organization address
city: Cork
postcode: T12 YN60

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Total cost 187˙866 €
 EC max contribution 187˙866 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2017-08-31


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 Project objective

'This project investigates the creation of one of Europe's great cultural treasures: fine wine from Bordeaux. Modern historians have generally sought to explain the creation of Bordeaux grands crus as a result of wealthy English consumers whose demand for fine wine inspired and funded Bordelais wine-makers, or else the result of superior geography (terroir) and centuries of French wine-making skill. But these explanations, even when synthesized, overlook the necessary role of middlemen, the 'British' (in fact mostly Irish) merchants who 'raised' the wines in their Bordeaux cellars, blended them to their customers' tastes, and then got the wines to market in northern Europe. In many ways, these merchants were as much the 'winemaker' as the maitre de chai at the chateau. The importance of these merchants has long been acknowledged by French historians, but their role in producing the wines has never been fully explained. This project seeks to uncover the activities of leading wine merchants in the creation of fine Bordeaux wines, and to place those activities within a broader network of trade that was centered on Bordeaux and Ireland, but included Europe and the Atlantic World. In so doing, my project aims to show that neither terroir nor wealthy consumers--nor even a synthesis of the two--can explain the birth of fine Bordeaux wine; instead, the chain of causality must include the entrepreneurial skills of Irish merchants and vast networks in which they operated. Research for my project will be based in public and private archives in Ireland and France, and will result in a digitized database of merchants and their connections; lectures; and written publications. My project will fulfill the Individual Fellowship Programme by bringing a published expert in the history of wine to Europe; by strengthening ties between researchers in Cork, Bordeaux and the USA; and by highlighting the role of merchant innovation in the creation of a world famous product.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Charles C. Ludington
\"\"\"The Standard of Taste Debate: How do we decide what tastes best?\"\"\"
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Food Fights: How the Past Matters in Contemporary Food Debates, eds. Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Booker 2019-06-18
2020 Charles C. Ludington
Irish Wine: Irish Merchants in Bordeaux, c. 1680-1855
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2018 Charles C. Ludington
\"\"\"Irish Wine Merchants and the Problem of Heritage\"\"\"
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Proceedings of the Association of Franco-Irish Studies 2019-06-18
2019 Charles C. Ludington
\"\"\"Inventing Grand Cru Claret: Irish Merchants in Bordeaux\"\"\"
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The Irish Community in Bordeaux in the Long-Eighteenth Century: Contributions and Contexts, ed. Charles C. Ludington 2019-06-18
2018 Charles C. Ludington
\"\"\"Le Vin et Deux Villes: Bordeaux et Porto\"\"\"
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Ville et Vin en France et en Europe du XVe siecle a nos jours, Universite de Bordeaux-Montaigne, Bordeaux, France, November 23, 2017 2019-06-18

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