Napoleon Bonaparte as soon as stated, “Wine is inspiring and provides tremendously to the enjoyment of dwelling.” Sadly, the diminutive French emperor and common by no means acquired to relish one among his reds that has simply bought for a hefty sum at public sale.
The only bottle of Grand Constance 1821 hammered for $30,000 final Saturday on the Cape Wonderful & Uncommon Wine Public sale (CFRWA). Billed as a “true unicorn wine,” it’s believed to be one among solely 12 remaining on the earth. It sparked a fierce bidding warfare between collectors earlier than it was ultimately snapped up by a UK-based oenophile.
The 200-year-old wine in query had been reserved for the unique enjoyment of Bonaparte. It was slated to reach on the island of St. Helena in late 1821. The conquerer, who had been dwelling there in exile, died just a little earlier that 12 months and therefore by no means acquired to style it. Based on the CFRWA, the emperor’s final request was a glass of his beloved Vin de Constance.
“As Napoleon breathed his final on St Helena in 1821, the grapes for his favourite wine had been simply ripening on the vine,” Christie’s auctioneer, Charlie Foley, stated in an announcement.
The candy South African wine is a mix of purple Muscadel and Pontac. It involves market precisely two centuries after the grapes for the classic had been harvested from the vineyards of Groot Constantia close to Cape City. Regardless of its age, the wine continues to be loads quaffable. It was re-corked in 2019 to lengthen the wine’s already venerable lifespan and be certain that its taste stays intact.
Groot Constantia first laid roots in 1685 and rapidly gained a loyal following among the many higher crust. By 1821, Constantia wine was arguably on the top of its fame and favored by George Washington, King George III, Marie Antoinette and Frederick the Nice.
The 1821 that went underneath the gavel on Might 22 was a part of so much auctioned in London within the early Eighties. Two different bottles from this lot had been additionally re-corked in 2019, which implies collectors might have one other likelihood to take pleasure in what Bonaparte couldn’t.