In the 15th century, the Kings and Queens in a deck of cards depicted famous royals. The Jacks were noted protectors of their respective realms. Ogier the Dane (Spades) served Charlemagne. La Hire (Hearts) served Charles VII of France. Hector (Diamonds) defended the city of Troy under his father, King Priam. And the peerless Lancelot (Clubs) was Camelot's most noble knight. Today, these valets, as they were originally called, do battle on green felt, defending and seizing fortunes large and small. We pay tribute to these champions with our Soldiers of Fortune Syrah.