Thibaud IV, the conqueror

Feeling his love for cousin and no doubt pushed by Saint Louis himself, Thibaud IV left France to lead a Crusade. Upon his return from the Holy Land, he brought with him two treasures. One vine seedling, the ancestor of our Chardonnay of the Champagne region, and a species of rose, the Damascina, which was originally cultivated in the Jordan Valley. Grafted to the Gallica rose, it became the Those de Provins, the mother of all the roses that flourish today in Europe.