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Talleyrand

The French statesman Prince Charles Maurice Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838) was a dazzling personality. He was denied a military career because of a crippled foot. At the age of 34, he held the office of Bishop of Autun, but was spellbound by the Pope because of his anti-church activities. He also lived as an emigrant in America for several years and, after returning to his home country, served as Secretary of State and under the Directorate Napoleon (1769-1821) from. From 1806 he opposed the emperor and became minister again among the Bourbons. At the Vienna Congress in 1814/1815, he decisively influenced the reorganization of Europe. Talleyrand was a pronounced wine lover and also the owner of the famous Château Haut-Brion in the area Graves,

An anecdote by him impressively illustrates what is meant by "culture of enjoying wine". Talleyrand poured one of his finest wines as a guest. He put the glass on and plunged the precious contents down in one go. The host refilled, but before the guest could chase the glass just as brutally through his throat, the diplomat held the jam: You can't wash down a wine as noble as beer. First you take the glass in your hand and look at the wine. The amazed guest said: And then? Talleyrand's answer: Then you raise the glass to your nose and enjoy the scent of the wine. The guest: But then you can drink it? Talleyrand: No - then you put the glass back and talk about the wine!

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