For the past three centuries cognac has been almost universally recognised as the finest of all the spirits that are distilled from grapes. It has many incomparable qualities: fruitiness, subtlety of bouquet, intensity, warmth and, above all, the complexity of the many thousands of styles and flavours from a (predominantly) single grape variety. Read More »
A rare bottle of number 6 of a set of 7 released in 1988 as part of the Courvoisier Erté series. Erté was a Russian-born Art Deco artist who was commissioned to design these bottles to house a blend of Courvoisier's Grande Champagne Cognacs, some dating back to 1892. This edition was titled "L'Esprit du Cognac" and the collection is highly sought after.
This bottle from Hine was distilled in 1934, some 5 years before current family member, the legendary Bernard, was even born. This is an early landed style, shipped to the UK in 1935 and bottled in 1959 to give a lighter, more floral style to suit the UK palate.
Vintage cognacs are rare nowadays. Due to French customs laws and to ensure the cognac released is entirely of the stated vintage, spirit destined to be bottled as such has to be kept behind a locked door with 2 keys - customs have one and the distillery the other. This example is from 1935, a time when things were no doubt easier.
A bottling of 1928 vintage Grande Reserve Cognac from the historic house of Croizet, established in 1805 and still regarded as a producer of excellent Cognacs. This bottle, we estimate, dates from the 1950s.
A well aged 38 year old Grande Champagne Cognac from Louis Royer. Based in the centre of the Cognac region, in the town of Jarnac, they have been producing Cognac for over 150 years. The family have been beekepers throughout the generations, so the bee is the emblem of the company, as it has been since 1853.
A bottling of Hine Cognac from 1928. Hine's house style is rich and complex. This example was specially bottled for La Reserve, whose name it bears on the label. It would have been created by Georges Hine, who 8 years previously had created Antique, arguably Hine's best known bottling today.
A bottle of Croizet Grande Reserve Cognac distilled in the same year as the break out of World War 1 - 1914. Croizet is a Cognac house with a lot of history, they date from 1805. This bottle has a label in excellent condition and we estimate was bottled in the 1950s.
A historic bottle of 1914 Croizet, just as the Great War was breaking out A historic house, founded in 1805, Croizet's cognacs are known for their excellent quality and this example,. we estimate, was bottled in the 1950s.