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Grand Constance – South Africa’s Oldest Wine

Grand Constance: South Africa's Oldest WineThe renowned Groot Constantia Grand Constance is South Africa’s oldest wine and is the finest example of the famous “Constantia Wyn” as drunk by Emporers and Kings, from Frederick the Great of Prussia to King Louis Phillipe of France all vied for their share. Charles Dickens celebrated it in Edwin Drood, Jane Austen's character recommended it as a cure for a broken heart to heroine Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and Charles Baudelaire compared Constantia wine to his lover‘s lips in his most famous volume of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal. Before his death in 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte had 30 bottles a month shipped over to St Helena to ease his exile.

The Award-winning Groot Constantia Grand Constance Wine

Both the 2012 and 2013 Grand Constance have walked away with a top award from the “Monde Selection International Wine Contest” in Brussels. This Monde judging panel, which is made up of over 70 totally independent judges consisting of Michelin starred chefs and master sommeliers, amongst other experts, judged wines from 26 different countries. The Gold Award that was presented by the Monde judges to Groot Constantia’s Grand Constance is issued to those products that obtain an average result of between 80% and 89% - meaning an indisputable guarantee of quality to the consumer.

Adding to this success, the 2013 Grand Constance was also selected as one of the Top 100 SA Wines in 2016, and also named as best in its class.

Enjoy the true “Constantia Wyn” of Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte’s favourite “Constantia Wyn” name originated from the word “Grand Constance”  – the French translation for Groot Constantia. Napoleon’s aid, Immanuel de la Casse, dealt with the Cloete’s of Groot Constantia when he purchased Napoleon’s wine. These wines were produced in the Cloete Cellar directly behind the Groot Constantia Manor house. It is known that Groot Constantia used the french translation “Grand Constance” on its labels additional to the normal “Groot Constantia” reference. “Grand Constance” was supplied to Napoleon until his death in 1821.

Taste Grand Constance

Grand Constance is a blend of red and white Muscat and has a beautiful liquid amber colour. The nose shows dried apricots, honey and caramel, while the red Muscat gives the wine Turkish Delight and rose petal aromatics. 

The dried fruit and floral character follows on the palate, with the natural sweetness beautifully balanced by the fresh acidity.

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