A Hallowe’en Story proving Red Wine is good for your health

The 1927 Exhumations at Pont Brieux

 Thierry and Pascale Bouzereaux were identical twins whose striking resemblance fooled and confused their family and friends throughout their lives.

Both twins perished tragically in a mysteriously violent fire at a hay barn in which they were both working. Rumour and hearsay circulated and lingering doubts about the circumstances of the case became increasingly prevalent.

On the 31st October, 1927 a full ninety years after the fire, the remains of the twins were exhumed. Instead of a straightforward conclusion to the original investigation, the exhumation revealed a distinct and haunting disparity in the facial bones of the brothers’ respective skulls. Naturally, this added to the premonition, rumour and belief that there was foul play and that the original investigation into the fire covered up some misdeed. Strangely, the best forensic science at the time concluded that the remains were indeed those of the two twins. The national media was by now transfixed with the case!

 However locals who knew of the Bouzereaux brothers dismissed these suspicions simply by telling investigators what they knew about the brothers. They told how Thierry ( Fig. 2) was a pious, religious man, who never in his life drank wine, while Pascale, (Fig. 1) on the other hand was a man known for his passion for the local Cabernet Sauvignon and was a frequent and welcome visitor to the local hostelries.

The skulls of the Bouzereaux twins after exhumation

On conclusion of his report into the incident the Coroner General wrote to the Health Ministry in Paris; the following extract based on his observation of the skulls of the Bouzereaux twins;

“This bizarre incident  gives solid credence to the theory that regular and moderate consumption of red wine can promote happiness, stimulate good humour and  benefit underlying well-being,”

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The recession has hit hard, no more tipping the last 1/2 glass out of the champagne bottle because it's a tad too warm. My lender would be kicking down my door for his interest if he knew I was drinking at all. Now I spend my time with the €5-€10 bottles discovering some real value and encountering some swamp donkeys to be avoided. This blog is a Wine Diploma holding palate, forced to trawl the murky depths populated by the bare knuckle fighters of the "entry level" wine world, trying to reveal the real crackers. Tasting notes exposed!! Regular explanations of the rubbish that are tasting notes! Wine Waffle indeed! Stories and trivia about wine.
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