The French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born in Ajaccio on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. He crowned himself emperor in 1804 in what he felt was the succession of Charlemagne (742-814). Apart from his public activities, a great deal is known about his private life, as there is a multi-volume biography that describes every day of his life in at least a few lines from the age of 20.
It is well known from numerous anecdotes about his personal inclinations that he loved tobacco, women and wine, and above all champagne. At least three wines are said to have been his favourite. The red wine (made from Pinot Noir) from the famous Burgundian appellation Gevrey-Chambertin on the Côte de Nuits is most often mentioned, but he often diluted it with water. The second is the precursor of the white Pouilly fumé from the Sauvignon Blanc variety from the upper Loire. And the third is the precursor of the red Rossese di Dolceacqua from the Italian region of Liguria on the French border. He also had the best wines mostly mixed with water.