Monk and the King

The Sun King, Louis XIV (1638 – 1715) of France, was notoriously fond of champagne, to the point where Burgundy took offence. A fierce rivalry broke out between the two provinces, with each one vying for the favours of the King and claiming superiority of their wine over the other (more about this rivalry in future posts).

Despite this, the Sun King never repudiated champagne. It was also under his reign that champagne took an astonishing and sparkling turn for the better, under the guidance of Benedictine monk Dom Perignon (1639 – 1735), cellerar of the Abbey of Hautvillers.

(Ref – Land and Wine)

It certainly gets interesting here. I will be writing more about the “King and the Monk” who were contemporaries (but never met) and shared a common passion for champagne.

Picture shows dining scene of the Sun King, Louis XIV who had an voracious appetite for food which he’s said to have had with champagne.

(Pic – google)

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