Monday, February 27, 2012

The legend of Black Rooster... La légende du Coq Noir...


Il Gallo Negro...


L'historiographie de ce symbole comprend également une légende singulière datant de la période médiévale. L'apparition présumée de l'événement marque en effet l'union politique du territoire du Chianti, en s'appuyant sur un coq noir pour décider de son sort.






La légende raconte que, dans le Moyen Age, les républiques de Florence et de Sienne ont été farouchement aux prises pour la domination, du territoire de Chianti, située entre les deux villes, des combats fut livrée presque en permanence. Pour clore le différend et mettre en place une frontière définitive un procédé bizarre fut élaboré.

Il fut convenu que deux chevaliers énoncerait de leurs villes respectives et établirait la frontière la où ils se rencontrèrent. Le départ fut à l'aurore et le signal de départ serait donné par le chant du coq. Une décision cohérente à l'époque, lorsque les rythmes quotidiens étaient encore rythmée par des phénomènes naturels. Et donc le choix du coq serait plus décisive à la préparation d'événements que soit le chevalier ou le coursier. Les Siennois ont choisi un blanc, les Florentins un noir, dont ils furent  renfermés dans une petite porcherie sombre et privé de nourriture pendant plusieurs jours et ils furent pratiquement frénétique.

Au jour fatidique du départ, dès qu'il a été libéré de sa prison le coq noir se mit à chanter, bien qu'il était loin d'être l'aube. Son chant a permis le cavalier de Florence de partir immédiatement, avec un grand avantage sur les Siennois qui ont dû attendre le lever du jour pour son coq de chanter à l'heure, signalant son propre départ. Mais puisque son rival avait commencé beaucoup plus tôt, le chevalier de Sienne chevauchait seulement douze kilomètres avant de rencontrer le chevalier Florentin à Fonterutoli, à Castellina. 



C'est ainsi que la quasi-totalité de Chianti est venu sous le contrôle de la république florentine beaucoup plus tôt que la chute de Sienne elle-même.




If you ever look at a bottle of Chianti Classico, you will see the image of a black rooster, usually located on the neck of the bottle. Why is it there? Well, the legend of the black rooster goes back to a time when the cities of Florence and Siena had a land dispute. They fought over the area that is now the Chianti Classico zone. (Chianti Classico is where Chianti originated. It is one of eight Chianti zones and is located between Florence to its north and Siena to its south.) Both cities argued their claim to the land that was located between them. The dispute waged on for years and in the early 1200s the leaders decided to settle the issue once and for all. 

They called in an arbitrator (a guy named Podestà of Poggibonsi) to umpire the situation.  He came up with a competition that would permanently settle the question. On a designated day, each city would send their best horseman toward the other city. Where the two horsemen met would decide the boundaries for each city. The signal for the start of the race would be a cock’s first morning crow. 

Siena selected a fat, slovenly white rooster as its designated starting pistol. Florence chose a black rooster that they did not feed before the galloping day. As a result, the Florentine rooster crowed much earlier than its Sienese counterpart. The legend says it crowed long before dawn because it was hungry.  So the Florentine rider took off much earlier than the Sienese rider. The rider from Siena only made it about 12 miles outside of Siena before he was met by the horseman from Florence. As a result, Florence now claims much more of the land than Siena. 


So this explains why the border between Siena and Florence is not exactly (at all!) in the middle of the two cities.


In 1384, the Chianti League established a black rooster silhouetted in front of a gold tan field as their emblem. Now that rooster emblem can be seen on all Chianti bottles.

http://www.chianticlassico.com/
Source: le Consortium viticole du Chianti Classico



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PASTA & WINE...
Pasta is very versatile with wine and it is the sauces you need to bear in mind. With tomato based dishes, fruity Italian reds such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo or Barbera make an excellent choice, as do many young sangiovese wines, including Chianti. 



The BROLIO CHIANTI CLASSICO - DOCG


(90 points, James Suckling)
With a full, complex structure, which makes this wine excellent with pasta dishes.



WNEMAKER'S TASTING NOTES:
Intense ruby-red colour. It shows a velvety palette of blackcurrant, black mulberry, tobacco and pepper aromas. A rich and potent taste in the mouth with smooth tannins, warm texture. Long mineral finish with pleasant fruit and mineral touches.



A good companion for pastas and pizzas at the Italian restaurant 
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