From ancient times to the present, many politicians and celebrities have been big fans of wine, such as Napoleon·Bonaparte, the famous French military and politician of the 19th century. According to legend, Napoleon would open champagne to celebrate after each battle he won, and would use wine to dispel sorrow when he was disillusioned. Although we have no way of knowing his specific wine preferences, some traces can be found according to the literature.1. Champagne Moet & Chandon
Napoleon once said something like, “In victory, you deserve champagne; in defeat, you need it.” In 1782, while studying at a military school in Brienne-le-Chateau, France, Napoleon met Jean-Remy, the grandson of Claude Moet, the founder of Moët & middot. In 1869, Moët & Chandon launched a new wine called “Imperial”. In 1869, Moët & Chandon launched a very dry, non-vintage champagne called “Imperial” as a tribute to Napoleon’s friendly relationship with Jean-Rémy.
2. Grand Cru Chambertin
Gevrey-Chambertin, located in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin on the Cote de Nuits in Burgundy, is one of the appellation’s most famous grapes, and so famous that in 1847, the village manager of Gevrey added the name “Chambertin” to the village name. In 1847, the managers of the village of Gevrey added the name “Chambertin” to the name of the village in order to raise its profile.During his reign of power, Napoleon was also fond of Chambertin wines and once praised them: “Only through a glass of Chambertin does the future look magnificent.” For fifteen years, the Emperor Napoleon drank a particular Burgundy (Chambourcin), which he liked very much and believed was good for his health. …… “The classic Chambourcin is a firm, full-bodied wine with firm tannins and an aromatic bouquet. It has firm tannins and aromas of plums, red cherries, earth and sweet spices.
3. Vin de Constance
After the defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled to St. Helena to spend the later years of his life. According to the South African winery Klein Constantia, Napoleon drank a bottle of Constance sweet wine from South Africa every day during his exile. Until the end of his life, he refused any other food or drink, asking only for a glass of Constance sweet wine.During the 18th and 19th centuries, Constance sweet wines were favored by European royalty and dignitaries, and were written about by authors such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. But at the end of the 19th century, Phylloxera destroyed most of the local vineyards, many wineries went bankrupt, and production of this sweet wine gradually ceased. More than a century after its disappearance, the legendary wine has been reborn at Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine (Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine, Constantia, South Africa) in the traditional Constance sweet wine style. Wine, Constantia, South Africa), with its first vintage in 1986. It is worth noting that the 2009 vintage received 95 points from Wine Spectator (WS) and was also ranked 10th on the 2015 WS Top 100 Wines list, the first South African wine to be listed in the WS Top 100.
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