Vin de Constance a hit with Napoleon and chef Michel Roux
Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux has written a cookery book with all the recipes designed to go with one single wine - Vin de Constance. This South African wine was Napoleon’s favourite tipple and is said to have been his last drink and the one that the British allegedly poisoned him by. It disappeared when the British captured the Cape and the vines became diseased. The Jooste family, at Klein Constantia, revived the sweet late-harvest wine two hundred years later and now Roux has dedicated a whole book to recipes to accompany it. Obviously a fan, the Le Gavroche chef says in the book, ‘A great sweet wine needs perfect balance, a little acidity and length. Vin de Constance has all this but also versatility.’ Just as well, really, because as the 1993 vintage retails at more than £100 a bottle, one would want it to go with more than just creme brulee!