Napoleon and wine

Napoleon was a great wine lover, sadly there were no wines from his native Corsica in his favorites, but he was known for loving 3 wines in particular: Moët & Chandon Champagne, Vin de Constance from South Africa and Chambertin wines from Burgundy. One could argue that they are all better than Corsican Vermentinu, but I don’t want to have Corsicans angry at me.

Glass of Chambertin not pictured

Glass of Chambertin not pictured

He actually had more than 300 gallons of Vin de Constance shipped to St-Helena, the small South Atlantic Island where he lived out his final exile. Reportedly the last thing he had before dying was a single glass of that sweet dessert wine. I guess he drank till the not so bitter end. I am slightly ashamed of that last joke… Was it bad? Was it really bad?

Anyway, It’s good to know that being Emperor of the French did not prevent him from enjoying foreign wines.

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