Opinions on Emmanuel Macron’s politics aside, one thing we can all agree on is the man has his priorities straight when it comes to wine. After electing a series of presidents who failed to comprehend the wonder that is France’s national beverage, the country has finally chosen a man who not only drinks wine—but loves it, a lot. Like, maybe even more than we love wine.
In a 2016 interview with Terre de Vins, Macron declared wine to be “the French soul” and that he is “one of those Frenchmen for whom a meal without wine is a sad meal.” Truer words were never said. Currently, you can find the newly elected leader drinking white Burgundy, red Bordeaux and, more recently, wines from the Rhone Valley. “I was raised by my grandparents who used to say that ‘red wine is an antioxidant.’ There was no guilt,” he said. “Wine is not a type of alcohol one drinks to get drunk, but to be well at the table.”