|Vinehouses at La Taille des Rois, Perrusson|
James Derouet, in his authoritative work on the wines of Touraine between 1830 and 1930 (1), records that
these wines of the Lochois were described as "brightly coloured and very fresh", "very well sought by the trade as wines for blending (coupage) and "very good wines for drinking young (consommation courante)". Wines produced at Montrésor, Le Liège, Loches, Perrusson, St Jean St Germain, Chambourg, were listed on the same level as the wines of Chenonceaux, Bléré.. Le Clos de la Cloutière, belonging to M Delvaux, with 12 hectares of vines was "respected and well known for its good red and white wines, particularly well cared for"; reds from Gamay Beaujolais and Groslot whites, derived from Gros and Menu Pinot.
|Vinehouse from La Cloutière, restored and relocated on a traffic island next to the LeClerc hypermarket in Perrusson|
|An abandoned private vineyard, next to a carefully tended plot including fruit trees at La Taille des Rois, Perrusson.|
"Chédigny: principal culture: Vines!" indicated the PTT (Post and Telephones) directory entry of 1950 for the town".The author also collected what the people of Chédigny had to say about postwar life there.
All the farm workers possessed at least a few ares (2) of vines, sometimes several hectares. There was a press in every farm. One would have found five grape varieties: Cot, Grolleau, Gros Noir, Sauvignon and Pineau.
The vines had the unusual feature that all the fruit trees of the farm were to be found there. Effectively, orchards did not exist and peach, pear and apple trees were planted among the vines.This explains the occasional long row of fruit trees strung out across a field, now probably of cereals, that one sees from time to time in our district.
|Vinehouse and orchard, formerly a vineyard, La Taille des Rois, near Perrusson|
|A family-sized vineyard, grapes just ready to harvest, La Taille des Rois 24/9/2014|
In the country, the wine was not exclusively for personal consumption. If the Gris, the Grolleau, which give light wines at 7 degrees, quenched the thirst generated by summer labour, the wine, like the wheat, was a money-earner, sold to the cooperative. With mechanisation, and modernisation of agriculture, many vines were torn up.
(1) Histoire de la vigne en Touraine de James Derouet, editions Hugues de Chivré, 2013
(2) one are = 100 sq metres, almost 120 square yards or a quarter perch. A standard allotment is 250 square metres (300 square yards).