Climatic Change

, Volume 104, Issue 3–4, pp 703–727 | Cite as

Grapevine harvest dates in Besançon (France) between 1525 and 1847: Social outcomes or climatic evidence?

  • E. Garnier
  • V. Daux
  • P. Yiou
  • I. García de Cortázar-Atauri


We present a unique contextualised series of grape harvest dates (GHD) from Besançon, Eastern France, from the early sixteenth to the mid nineteenth century. The GHD series was processed to remove as far as possible health-medical and socio-political influences. It is well correlated with temperature indices determined from other documentary sources. However, we find that the relation between the GHD-series and the occurrence of meteorological processions is not convincing. At the inter-annual scale the Besançon GHD-series is highly correlated with the corresponding GHD-series from Germany, Switzerland and Burgundy (France) and to instrumental temperature series from England and the Netherlands. On the other hand, the series are not correlated to one another at the multidecadal scales. The origins of this decoupling remain to be elucidated.


Temperature Index Documentary Source Procession Occurrence Central England Temperature Grape Harvest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Garnier
    • 1
    • 2
  • V. Daux
    • 1
    • 3
  • P. Yiou
    • 1
  • I. García de Cortázar-Atauri
    • 4
  1. 1.UMR CEA/CNRS/UVSQLaboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, L’Orme des MerisiersGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance
  2. 2.Université de CaenCaenFrance
  3. 3.Université Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  4. 4.CEFEMontpellier Cedex 05France

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