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- AD 312 - First firm evidence of vineyards in
Burgundy in a document submitted to the Emperor Constantine
- 456 - Invasion of the Burgondes, a Scandinavian tribe who
gave their name to the region.
- 800 - Coronation of the Emperor Charlemagne, owner of
vineyards in Aloxe Corton including what is now Corton-Charlemagne.
- 910 - Foundation of the Abbey of Cluny
- 1098 - Foundation of Citeaux. The Cistercian monks
plant widely in the Cote de Nuits.
- 1364 - Philip the Bold becomes first Valois Duke of
Burgundy. Burgundy almost develops into a kingdom in its own right. First
mention of Pinot Noir around this time.
- 1395 - Duke Philip bans the 'bad and disloyal' Gamay
grape from his territories.
- 1477 - Death of Charles the Rash, last Duke of
Burgundy. Burgundy is annexed by the kingdom of France.
- 1720 - First negociant house, Champy, is founded.
Bouchard follows in 1731.
- 1789 - French Revolution. Old aristocratic and
religious landowners are disenfranchised. The subsequent introduction of the
Napoleonoic legal code encourages fragmentation of vineyard holdings.
- 1874 - Arrival of Phylloxera. The bug is
excommunicated at Autun Cathedral but with no visible effect. Replanting after
the scourge is limited to the best sites and planting is done in rows for the
- 1935 - Appellation system established.