The Less You Know Lyon
By David Schayne
Lyon attracts those that make their mark on history. The Lumieire Brothers laid the groundwork the moving image from their father’s Lyon factory. Paul Bocuse put his rigid, yet stylistic interpretation of "meres," or mothers, who were the widely respected female owners of their home-style bouchons. The star of the grape varietal ball, Gamay, takes a seat at the head of the table often employing carbonic maceration, a CO2-rich process of winemaking that happens while the grape is uncrushed and still intact.
Of course contemporary history is alive and well in the annals of Lyon's cultural and gastronomic pipelines, but how does a city behave when so much historical and national importance is thrust upon it? Just like any other French town would, cool, calm, and unconcerned. After all, nonchalant is a French word coming from nonchaloir, which meant "to disregard.”
With all this being said, the less you know about Lyon the better.