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

23rd June, 2019
The vineyards at Gevrey Chambertin;

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...

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