In 1923 the modern day La Paulée was initiated by Jules Lafon, one of Burgundy’s most respected wine growers, when he decided to revive the traditional medieval grape harvest celebration to which Cistercian monks invited their vineyard laborers. Lafon held his first Paulée at his Meursault Domaine, inviting some of his friends to a small banquet in the vat-room. Neighboring winemakers decided that Lafon had an excellent idea, and over the next few years, La Paulée de Meursault expanded rapidly. By 1932, it was officially established as an annual event.
Over the years, La Paulée has changed a bit from the original communal banquet for growers and their workers. Though such vineyard celebrations with harvest participants have continued, the official La Paulée has become a grand gala attended by Meursault growers and producers along with other wine connoisseurs. It is a privilege to attend and reservations are mostly made a year in advance.
We will be featuring the wines of Burgundy all month, but if you are looking for specific wines to open for your Paulée please don’t hesitate to contact us.