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Saint-Evremond Charles

The French author, soldier, philosopher and satirist Charles Marguetel Marquis de Saint-Evremond (1610-1703) is almost unjustly forgotten today. In connection with the "invention" or better expressed origin of the champagne but he has played an important role. On the basis of a critical letter on Cardinal Jules Mazarin (1602-1661), the Prime Minister Louis XIV., Threatened him for the third time a stay in the Bastille (prison). He emigrated to London, where he spent nearly half of his life in exile in England. He was a welcome guest at the court of King Charles II (1630-1685). So from the year 1661 he introduced white wine from the Champagne in barrels. Due to the warm spring weather, a second fermentation was often initiated already in the barrels. The vivacious foaming wines were bottled after arrival and subsequently became a popular drink in noble circles. The Marquis is also said to have designed the shape of the coupe glass for the champagne (see also under Marie-Antoinette ).

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