Thomas Jefferson Papers

List of French Wines, 7 February 1803

List of French Wines

[on or before 7 Feb. 1803]

A year’s stock of French wines

250. bottles white Hermitage de M. Meuse, M. de Loche. M. Berger avocat. M. Chanoine Monron. M. Gaillet. M. de Beausace.
400. do. Champagne non mousseux d’Aij de M. d’Orsay
< 250. do. Clos de Vougeau or Chambertin>
250. do. Rozan-Margau from Made. de Rozan. or Medoc
250. do. Sauterne de M. Salus.

MS (MHi); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; written at foot of list by Étienne Lemaire of groceries wanted from Marseilles (see note to enclosure to preceding document).

TJ drew this list of wines and their vintners from a memorandum he composed either near the end of his stay in France or shortly after his return to the United States in 1789. He subsequently obtained white hermitage through Stephen Cathalan, Jr., the American consul in Marseilles; still champagne and burgundy from chambertin through Fulwar Skipwith, the consul at Paris; and Rausan Margaux and sauterne through William Lee, the consul at Bordeaux (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1116–17; Vol. 27:761–3; TJ to Fulwar Skipwith, 4 May 1803; TJ to William Lee, 14 June 1803; TJ to Stephen Cathalan, Jr., 20 Nov. 1803).

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