The Rose of Provins

Thibaud did not return from his journey to the Orient empty-handed. In addition to the ancestor of the Chardonnay plant, he brought back a species of rose whose splendor and color struck him profoundly. Upon its return, the red rose of Damascus, with its penetrating fragrance, found a special place in the gardens of the palace of Provins, where it supplanted the Gallic Rose that was traditionally found throughout the area.