Here comes the first and exclusive interview with the great Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte about Cognac. The year of this interview dates back to 1816.
We visited the emperor at Longwood House, on the island of St Helena. Mister Bonaparte just has been defeated at Waterloo, and was sent to this island.
We arrive by boat. It’s a long journey to arrive at the remote Atlantic island located between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn.
British soldiers guide us to the house where Napoleon lodges, Longwood House. Monsieur Bonaparte is in the garden and will join us in some minutes. He is a prisonner, his British captors are quite serious about him not escaping, as he had done from his first exile.
A French Commissioner wrote about St Helena: “This is the most isolated, the more unaffordable, the most difficult to attack, the poorest, the most unsociable and the dearest place in the world”.
Cognac-Expert.com: Your Highness, thank you for taking the time.
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: Sure, I am a follower of Cognac-Expert.com and a huge fan. I love the new weekly newsletter. I prefer to read the articles while wandering around on the island.
By the way, did you bring me some brandy snifters? I only have those really bad glasses here.. would love to get my hands on a Riedel tulip shaped one or so.
Cognac-Expert.com: Your Highness, unfortunately the snifters broke on the long boat journey, we can send you a set of new snifters of course.
We can imagine that you have some time now. Now, we would like to talk about cognac a bit…
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: The town? Lovely small city! Their Chateau is quite nice. You should visit if you have the time. They are good people in Charente… I should have taken some of those fellow citizens to the battle field of Waterloo, last year. Damn it. Who could have known the Prussians would arrive in the last second? Would you believe it?!
Cognac-Expert.com: Hm. We guess the battle is lost… Actually we would like to talk about the brandy, le Cognac. Now, there are rumours that you prefer a certain cognac, is that true?
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: Well, I know a certain Emmanuel Courvoisier and his business partner Louis Gallois.. they have a solid wine and spirit company, somewhere in Bercy, Paris. I visited their warehouses. Massive barrels, it’s amazing. These two guys have a great future.. and their brandy is really great.
Napoleon on ship Bellerophon to St Helena Island