Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"

This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
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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 Boutelleau Fils 1795

Extremely rare 18th century vintage. "Private Stock". Imported in the USA by Acker,
Merrall & Condit Company.

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1800

"Extra Grande Fine Champagne Vieille".

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1811

"Extra Grande Fine Champagne Vieille".

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1811

"Extra Grande Fine Champagne Vieille". Labelled for exportation to Asia.

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Cognac Champagne Boutelleau & Co 1811

"Bottled Expressly for China". Imported by Frazar & Co Agents, Shanghae.

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Cognac Fine Champagne Boutelleau & Co 1811

Imported in Japan by F. Schoene, Yokohama.

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Cognac Boutelleau Fils 1820

"Private Stock". Imported in the USA by Acker, Merrall & Condit Company.

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Cognac Fine Champagne J. Prunier 1820

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.

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1825

Imported in China by Hall & Holtz Ltd, Shangaï.

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1830

"Réserve Louis-Philippe, Roi des Français". Louis-Philippe special reserve, King of the
French (1830-1848).

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1831

Labelled for exporting to Russia.

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Cognac Boutelleau Fils 1835

"Sole Importers: Caldbeck, Macgregor & Co Ltd, China, Hongkong & Malayan Union".

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Cognac Boutelleau & Co 1834

Bottled for the 1878 World's Fair held in Paris from May 1st to October 31st.

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Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Camus Frères 1848

"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.

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Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Croizet 1875

"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...

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Cognac Fine Champagne Camus Frères 1878

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.

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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

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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Cognac Grande Champagne Château de Compiègne 1818

Seal and emblem of Napoleon the 1st on the neck and label. Emperor Napoleon the
1st, the "Eagle", was very fond of cognac and had a big reserve in the Compiègne
castle. A huge quantity of casks were stored there for him, and when he died in 1821,
these casks became the private stock of the French kings, before becoming the
private stock of Napoleon III who was having sumptuous receptions in the castle.

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Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Ritz Spécial 1830

From the cellar of the very famous 5 stars hotel in Paris.
Wax seal signed "Hotel Ritz" and cork dated 1830.

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Cognac Grande Fine Champagne des Ducs de Magenta 1878

The bottom label says: "Bottle graciously offered by the French president Patrice de
Mac Mahon, duke of Magenta, Marshal of France and his spouse Elisabeth Charlotte
Sophie de La Croix de Castries on the occasion of the grand opening of the 1878 Paris
World Fair".
The label shows Mac Mahon (1808-1893) who was the 3rd French president from 1873
to 1879.
Aged and bottled by Barnett & Fils in Cognac.

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