Cambridge University to celebrate Pepys' first mention of Haut Brion
- Magdalene College Cambridge is to hold a conference on 'Samuel Pepys and wine' to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the great diarist, and his mention of a 'particular' wine called Ho Bryan.
On 10 April 1663 Pepys wrote, ‘Off to the Exchange with Sir J Cutler and Mr Grand to the Royall Oak Taverne in Lumbard Street… and there drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan, that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with.’
Pepys was a dedicated wine drinker, keeping an extensive cellar of Tokaj, Madeira and Champagne, as well as claret, so he was well placed to comment on the taste of Haut-Brion.
He was also a graduate of Magdalene, and he bequeathed his library of 3,000 books and manuscripts to the college, where it is preserved as he left it in 1703.