Cazenove and History

Cazenove, the Most American Bordeaux Wine

Cazenove is one of the most American Bordeaux wine. The reason lies in the story of Teophile de Cazenove, Louis de Cazenove direct ancestor 

A native of Holland, he was descendant of a French aristocrat Huguenot Family that fled the French religion wars.

He moved to the US as a banker to establish the Holland Land company on behalf of four renowned Dutch bankers.

Teophile de Cazenove, Louis de Cazenove direct ancestor (left)

Alexander Hamilton, Teophile Cazenove’s friend (center)

Talleyrand stayed at Cazenove in 1794 for one year (right)

Having toured the east coast, Cazenove purchased nearly five million acres of land in western New York and northern and western Pennsylvania. He also invested in a number of important canal projects.

In 1794, he founded the town of Cazenovia in Madison County in upstate New York.

He settled on Market street in Philadelphia and had relationships with many of the most important individuals in young America’s government that included friendships with Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and George Washington.

Teophile de Cazenove was renowned in his day for hosting grand dinners accompanied by the finest Bordeaux wines, often including Talleyrand, who would become the future Foreign Minister of Napoleon. A chronicler of 1795 wrote “Talleyrand and Beaumetz [may] live together, but they both eat at Cazenove’s on Market Street” — thus the expression ‘dine with us’ means ‘with Cazenove’.

Talleyrand and his amazing Chef Carême later became well known for creating a ‘Diplomacy of Gastronomy’ by inviting Kings and key diplomats to his table at his chateau of Valencay. It is said that Tallyrand was well inspired by Teophile de Cazenove.

Map of the land bought by the Netherlands 1792 

Market Street, Philadelphia 1794 

The town of Cazenovia in Madison County in upstate New York

Journal of T. Cazenove 1794

“ The readiness with which, you, Sir, enter into the Plan proposed by me is a new proof of that liberal and enlightened judgment which has led you, on every occasion that has occurred since your arrival in this Country, to discern the perfect harmony that subsists between the interests you represent and measures tending to give solidity to the affairs of the United States.

It is also an additional title to that real esteem with which I have the honor to be Sir your obedient and humble servant.” 

Alexander Hamilton, Philadelphia, April 26, 1791