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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2050

The Story

On August 7, 1815, a British warship, the HMS Northumberland, taking Napoleon to St. Helena for his final exile
stopped at Madeira to take on supplies. Napoleon was persuaded to purchase a pipe of Madeira (A pipe is a barrel
containing a little less than 600 bottles). The pipe was never opened by Napoleon as he developed a severe
gastric complaint and his doctors forbade him to drink any alcohol. After the ex-Emperor’s death in 1821, there
was a dispute over payment of the pipe and it was returned to Madeira where it lay with Blandy’s until 1840. Most
of the wine  -  an estimated 400 bottles - was then used to make the famous solera of 1792, but some bottles -
perhaps 200 - were filled using only the wine from Napoleon’s pipe. These bottles are immensely rare, with only a
few still in existence – this cache of 12 is probably the largest holding extant anywhere. Occasionally bottles from
the 1792 solera come on to the market, but an opportunity to buy even a single bottle of the unadulterated
vintage 1792 wine is a very rare event indeed.

A bottle of this wine was opened as a special honour for Sir Winston Churchill on a visit to Madeira in 1950. Sir
Winston insisted on serving each guest himself, asking "Do you realise that when this wine was vintaged Marie
Antoinette was still alive?".

In 1792 the French revolution was reaching its climax – in August the Tuileres Palace was stormed and Louis XVI
arrested and taken into custody. In 1792 Mozart had been dead for less than a year and Rossini was born. George
Washington was President of the United States.

The bottles are in excellent original condition with very good levels - top shoulder or base of neck - but no longer
have any labels or stencilling at all. This is typical of this bottling in particular, and 18th century vintage Madeira
in general - those bottles that are found labelled usually have more modern labels applied afterwards, by Christies
amongst others. The bottles were purchased in the late 1980's by a senior and highly respected member of the
British wine trade, who personally vouches for their provenance as follows:

"These wines were personally removed by me many years ago from the cellars of Abbey Leix in Ireland, the then
home of Viscount de Vesci. I have seen the cellar records to confirm that the details are correct – 1792 Blandy’s
Madeira."

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Fine looking bottle with excellent level. Decanted two hours. Surprisingly smooth and gentle considering its age and over 20 percent alcohol content. Gorgeous, structured and vivid Boal, with loads of candied pear, maple syrup, vanilla, honeyed milk chocolate, and cream flavours. Long, creamy and delicious. Finish was still quite fresh and was filled with walnuts, spice and orange marmalade notes. This old beauty is drinking beautifully now and has the potential for cellaring until 2020.
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This is the famous "Napoleon Madeira“. The story tells that Napoleon bought a pipe of the excellent 1792 vintage in 1815 on his way to his exile on St. Helena. Due to gastric problems he never touched it and after Napoleons death it was sold back to Blandys who bottled part as a vintage Madeira in 1840 and the rest as a Solera in 1957 in honour of Queen Elisabeth’s state visit to Portugal. It still has a good complex nose of toffee and tobacco. Its fresh acidity balances its medium sweetness and it is still very much alive.
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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Boal Madeira 1792  ( Madeira )

"This is the famous "Napoleon Madeira“. The story tells that Napoleon bought a pipe of the excellent 1792 vintage in 1815 on his way to his exile on St. Helena. Due to gastric problems he never touched it and after Napoleons death it was sold back to Blandys who bottled part as a vintage Madeira in 1840 and the rest as a Solera in 1957 in honour of Queen Elisabeth’s state visit to Portugal.
It still has a good complex nose of toffee and tobacco. Its fresh acidity balances its medium sweetness and it is still very much alive.
"

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Boal Madeira 1792  ( Madeira )

"Fine looking bottle with excellent level. Decanted two hours. Surprisingly smooth and gentle considering its age and over 20 percent alcohol content. Gorgeous, structured and vivid Boal, with loads of candied pear, maple syrup, vanilla, honeyed milk chocolate, and cream flavours. Long, creamy and delicious. Finish was still quite fresh and was filled with walnuts, spice and orange marmalade notes. This old beauty is drinking beautifully now and has the potential for cellaring until 2020."

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