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VOL. 79 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2021
tion was being hosted with the theme “shine the wisdom of women to
change the world”.
That happy collaboration has moved to the world of wine. The “back
label” story is a new report issued by Greenpeace last fall 2009. The naked
Burgundians in Tunick’s photographic work assembled to issue a warning
on the potential threat to French vineyards from global warming, hoping
they would be heard by delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference,
held in Copenhagen just before this last Christmas 2009. The Greenpeace
report, Changements climatiques et impacts sur la viticulture en France/
Impacts of Climate Change on Wine in France,1 was issued concurrently with
the Tunick photographs.
© Spencer Tunick © palaeologos/123RF.com. Reprinted with permission.
That report focuses on the effect global warming will have on Burgundian
wines. If the world of wine is likened to the coal mine, then Burgundy
is the canary. For it is in Burgundy that the concept of terroir finds its apotheosis.
As the Greenpeace report says:
Great French wines derive all their finesse and elegance from their terroir.
The idea of terroir alludes to the very specific combination of climate
and a well-defined territory, sometimes no bigger than a single plot of
land … Wine is the product of an exquisite alchemy between the age-old
know-how of impassioned men and women and the environment, and as