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Saint-Evremond Charles

The French author, soldier, philosopher and satirist Charles Marguetel Marquis de Saint-Evremond (1610-1703) is almost wrongly forgotten today. In connection with the "invention" or rather the emergence of the champagne but he played an important role. Due to a critical letter about Cardinal Jules Mazarin (1602-1661), the Prime Minister Louis XIV, he was threatened with a stay in the Bastille (prison) for the third time. He emigrated to London, where he spent almost half of his life in exile in England. He was a welcome guest at the court of King Charles II (1630-1685). So from 1661 he led white wine from the Champagne in barrels. Due to the warm spring weather, a second fermentation was often initiated in the barrels. The lively, foaming wines were bottled upon arrival and soon became a popular drink among aristocratic circles. The marquis is also said to have designed the shape of the coupe glass for the champagne (see also on this topic under Marie-Antoinette ).

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