The Empress Josephine travelled to Germany in the early 19th century. She was tired of Paris and felt like she never got to anywhere. Napoleon finally agreed. She tasted her first Riesling there and was captivated. Upon her return to France, she made that Riesling the official wine of Versailles; and Dr. Lippold changed the name of the wine to honor her. Picked at Spatlese levels, with a floral nose, scents and flavors of stone fruits, fresh mown grass, citrus, and great acidity, the wine is elegant, with a rich mouth-feel, completely balanced, and versatile.