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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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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