The Emperor’s Wine

chambertin“In victory to celebrate, and in defeat to drown my sorrows!” From 1789 and until 1814 Napoleon consumed half a bottle of Chambertin with each dinner. Chambertin accompanied him to Egypt and to Russia; it is quite possible that this exceptional loyalty was due to the Emperor’s fear of poisoning: I would guess that with someone so loyal to his wine even a very slight taste variation would not pass unnoticed. I can imagine Napoleon sniffing the wine, looking at it pensively through the glass, taking a small sip — its taste is particularly robust, and then cutting it fifty-fifty with water.



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