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Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoloen Bonaparte on horseback The French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was in Ajaccio on the Mediterranean island Corsica born. He crowned himself in 1804 in perceived succession of Charlemagne (742-814) himself emperor. Apart from his public activities, one knows a lot about his private life, too, because there exists a multi-volume biography that describes every day of his life in at least a few lines from the age of twenty.

From his personal inclinations is well known by numerous anecdotes that he loved tobacco, women and wine or champagne. At least three wines are claimed to be his favorite wines were. The most common is the red wine (from Pinot Noir) from the famous Burgundian Appellation Gevrey-Chambertin on the Côte de Nuits, but he often diluted with water. The second is the forerunner of the white one Pouilly-Fumé from the upper Loire. And third is the forerunner of the red Rossese di Dolceacqua from the Italian region of Liguria on the French border. Most of the best wines were mixed with water.

Also for cognac there is a special relationship. In 1811 Napoleon visited the wine merchant Emmanuel Courvoisier in his liquor store in Paris, from which then in 1835 the famous Cognac House emerged. This company later consciously related the highest visit to the cognac brand "Napoleon" with the bottle label contained silhouette of the emperor. Of course, Napoleon also likes the national drink champagne drinking. He was a close friend of Jean-Rémy Moët (1758-1841), founder of the famous Champagne House Moët et Chandon, During many of his campaigns, Napoleon took the opportunity to visit the Moët winery in Epernay to buy some crates of champagne. Incidentally, when the city of Reims was liberated by the Prussians and Cossacks in 1814, he spent the night in the house of the brother of the legendary Madame Veuve Clicquot,

Napoleon in the cellar of the champagne house Moët et Chandon

Napoelon remarked on the enjoyment of champagne: after the victory you deserve it, after the defeat you need him. Supposedly, the emperor has that as well sabrage (Champagne heads by saber) invented and maintained this custom after winning battles with his officers. His first wife Josephine loved the wine from the famous vineyard Coulée-de-Serrant at Savennières on the Loire. A wine has been proven to Napoleon but enjoyed until his death and had him deliver regularly in large quantities in his exile on the island of St. Helena. It was the famous sweet wine Constantia from South Africa. The legendary vintage 1811 was called "Napoleon wine" because the emperor had reached the height of his fame.

During the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1815) it was in Germany come to a comprehensive secularization of goods. There had been confiscation or seizure of property by the state before, but the process under Napoleon was the most comprehensive one that had happened so far. Almost all spiritual imperial estates were dissolved and about 95,000 square kilometers of land with more than three million people changed hands. The French eastern border was moved to the Rhine and thus brought many German princes to their left bank of the Rhine possessions. Affected were the capitals and a large part of the territory of the three ecclesiastical electorate Kurköln, Kurmainz and Kurtrier and the Palatinate, which now became part of France. Four of the eight electorate were extinguished.

In the so-called Reichsdeputations-Hauptschluss was established in 1803 that the expropriated secular princes should be resigned by secularized ecclesiastical as well as minor secular rule. Furthermore, the spiritual principalities were dissolved with the exception of Mainz whose remaining right bank territory was transferred to Regensburg. This also had a big impact on viticulture, because many formerly owned by the church located wineries and vineyards were sold and thus came into secular possession. Prominent examples include the wineries Josephshöfer. Paulinshof. Castle estate Istein and Castle Johannisberg,

Napoleon on horseback: By Jacques-Louis David , Public domain, Link

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