Vintage and Pre-Phylloxera Cognac
The Greatest Brandy
Only brandy made from Grapes grown in the delimited district of France in the Charente known as Cognac
may be named cognac. The boundaries of this area were set down in 1909 and have been subdivided into
seven divisions of varying quality. In order of preference, they are:
Grande Champagne, Petite
Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, Bois Ordinaires
and Bois à Terroir. All cognac is made from
wine that is fermented from whole grapes - flesh, skins, seeds and all. The resulting wine is
double-distilled in pot stills, and the heart of the second distillation is destined to become cognac. It is
aged in new oak casks for one year, and then transferred to used oak casks, lest it take on too much
tannin from the virgin oak. The letters on the label V.O. and V.S.O.P. mean that the cognac has been
aged for at least 4 and a half years, although in practice V.S.O.P. cognacs have usually been aged for at
least 8 years. If the label is printed with the words
Extra, Napoléon or Vieille Réserve, the French
government warrants that the cognac in the bottle has been aged for a minimum of 5 and a half years.
Stars found on cognac labels came from a superstitious shipper of brandy who put a star on his bottles to
pay homage to the great "Comet" vintage of 1811, one of the best ever for cognac. Today, French law
states that three-star cognac, the youngest, must be aged for a minimum of 18 months.

Pre-phyloxera cognac

Pre-phylloxera cognac is fundamentally different from the modern product in a way not true of most other
spirits or other wines. The original Cognac vineyards - which are believed to date back to Roman times,
were chiefly planted with Folle Blanche, a thin-skinned grape variety, highly prone to mildew and rot, but
which in good vintages produces a brandy of incomparable perfume and character. Under huge financial
pressure, when it come to re-planting the vineyards after phyloxera, the Cognac growers replanted with
grafted Ugni Blanche, which yields a less interesting brandy, but is much higher yielding and easier to
grow. The unique character and depth of the 50 - 60 year old Folle Blanche vines was lost forever. Today,
less than 5% of the total Cognac vineyard is Folle Blanche, the rest is all Ugni Blanche (and the Cognac
vineyard is far smaller - just on 80 000 hectares compared to 230 000 hectares in its heyday in the mid
19th century).
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Cognac Fine Champagne J. Prunier 1820 - SOLD

The Prunier family, established in Cognac in the early 1800's, was and is still
producing a very esteemed cognac.
A wonderful bottle in superb condition. The vintage 1820 appears on the neck seal,
the label and also the cork. The barrel number 84 appears on the label and the cork.
Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Camus Frères 1848 - SOLD

"Réserve Spéciale Restaurant Marguery".
Cognac Camus is recognized all over the world for its richness and traditional taste. It
was the official cognac of the Czar’s court in the nineteenth century.
Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Croizet 1875 - SOLD

"Réserve Royale".
Léon Croizet started to produce his own cognac in 1805. Due to this enviable
position, Croizet was amongst a select group of only 3 cognac houses allowed to
continue selling Vintage cognacs in 1963.
The most expensive cognac sold at auction was a Croizet 1858 Cuvée Léonie which
sold for 1,000,000 CNY ($160 000) in Shanghai, China, in September 2011. Not the
same vintage offered here but our price is much much lower...
Cognac Fine Champagne Camus Frères 1878 - SOLD

Cognac Camus is recognized all over the world for its richness and traditional taste. It
was the official cognac of the Czar’s court in the nineteenth century.
See our special page on the oldest known cognac on earth.

We have the superb Cognac Tesseron Lot No 29 and the Tesseron Extreme.
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Cognac Fine Champagne Renaud & Dualle 1795 - SOLD

Extremely rare 18th century vintage in a wonderful crudely hand-blown bottle. Jean
Renaud & Dualle, from Bordeaux, were wine merchants and very famous for ageing
and storing great vintages of some of the best Fine Champagne made at the time.
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Some previously sold bottles of vintage cognac:
Cognac Grande Fine Champagne de la Belle Meunière 1805 - 50ml sample

The "N" neck seal refers to Napoleon's cellar in the Palais des Tuileries in Paris. This
Reserve, from the Bréard family, was bottled for the establishments of "La Belle
Meunière" - Marie Quinton (1854-1933) - a national monument of the French culinary
art, and a true Belle Epoque success story. She was running the Grand Hôtel Nice
Palace, and her mansion in Nice is today the Hôtel Belle Meunière.

Cognac J.G. Monnet & Co 1858 (bottled by Lachaise) - 50ml sample

Aroma: cosy. A mountain hut. Summer meadow with the smell and feel of humidity
before the rain comes. Notes of apples drying in the cellar, dried fruit and Christmas
Taste: oranges and dried fruits. Ultra rich. Some alcohol bite.

Cognac Grande Champagne Caves du Pavillon Royal 1875 - 50ml sample

Aroma: spring in the city, rain and asphalt. Strong sweetness. Notes of apple blossom
& black grape skin.
Taste: Fresh. Mild. Silky & oily mouthfeel.

Cognac J.V. Caillette 1878 - 50ml sample

Aroma: extravagant personality. Breathing in history. Floral & Fruity (tropical fruit).
Notes of honey, almond blossom, Candied pineapple & Muscovado sugar.
Taste: mountain herbs. Syrup. Memories of childhood. Soft alcohol, not biting.