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21 June 2013 @ 11:39 pm
The Cellar Book of Charles II  

By Dean Nicholas | Posted 13th June 2013, 9:29

(Go to the source to see the image.)

Above is an image of Charles II's cellar book of 1660. Scroll your mouse over the image for a closer look, and see how much of the text you can decipher.

Of particular interest is the fourth paragraph, which makes reference to the Haut-Brion wine estate (written as 'Hobrione'). It is among the first mention in any language of an estate-named claret, and marks the beginnings of fine wine's association with England's social and political elite.

This theme is explored in Walpole, Whigs and Wine, the cover story of our July issue, which is out June 20th. In the article, Charles Ludington of North Carolina State University explores how a taste for fine claret became a mark of wealth and power in 18th-century England.

Source: http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2013/06/cellar-book-charles-ii