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Cambridge University to celebrate Pepys' first mention of Haut Brion

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  • terry foreman
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 19, 2013
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      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.

      http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/530783/cambridge-university-to-celebrate-pepys-first-mention-of-haut-brion

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