Napoleon and Champagne

7 June 2021


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Napoleon Bonaparte was on everyone’s lips this week, including that of the President of the Republic who commemorated the first Emperor of the French on the bicentenary of his death on Wednesday. The opportunity to recall that Napoleon I passed many times in Champagne, from the military school of Brienne-le-Château (Aube), which he attended from 9 to 15 years old, to the last battles of the French campaign (Reims , Champaubert, Montmirail, Vauchamps) which will lead to his abdication in 1814. Before that, the Emperor visited Épernay on several occasions and his name thus appeared from 1801 in the registers of the Moët & Chandon house. We see him here in a picture visiting the cellars in 1807. During his last visit to the champagne capital, on March 17, 1814, Napoleon even presented the Legion of Honor to his friend Jean-Rémy Moët, mayor of the city and eponymous boss of the house. In 1869, the Moët Impérial cuvée will be created to honor its hundredth anniversary.





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