Waterloo and wine fit for an emperor

Waterloo and wine fit for an emperor

Today, Napoleon may be associated with brandy, but his life-long affection for Champagne and Burgundy should not be forgotten

Almost immediately in the battle’s aftermath, wine crops up. Specifically, wines found in Napoleon’s carriage, which he had to abandon when it became bogged down in a vast muddy traffic jam of his retreating troops. Yes, it seems that the summer of 1815 was as wet as the summer of 2019.

Napoleon’s carriage was not a small two-seated affair, but resembled something like a train carriage today. It was a portable HQ and included a...

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