How did Champagne become the world’s favorite social lubricant?
While King Louis the Fourteenth lived in gluttonous splendor at Versailles, a monk led a much simpler life at a French monastery 300 kilometers away. The monk was charged with making wine to pay for the monastery’s upkeep. He overcame many challenges before producing what he would call “the best wine in the world”. It was named after him home province, which happens to be called Champagne. When Louis the Fourteenth tasted Champagne, he loved it. He started drinking it every day. But as the years passed, the King’s gluttony took its toll on his health. His doctors argued about whether Champagne was part of the problem. At the time, there was no way of knowing for sure.
Is Champagne good for your health or not?
Today, Museum Secrets visits a modern wine-testing lab in the heart of the Champagne region to investigate with the help of pharmacologist Dr. Jean-Charles Hoda.