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Very Old Cognac

The dreaded Phylloxera vastatrix louse, a tiny yellow bug which feasts off the roots of vines became prevalent around 1872-4, destroying not just the cognac vines but those all across Europe. Before the Phylloxera most of the vines were the Folle (Folle Blanche), but after much work in America a resistant variety of root was discovered to which the Ugni Blanc, a bland non descriptive, acidic grape variety was grafted onto. Cognacs made in the 18th and early 19th centuries usually exhibited drier and more organic flavours as a result of not just the grape variety but also the different distiller’s methods of distillation and ageing.

There are of course many rare and sought after vintages. In the UK we tend to look for specific ages such as 1805, famous for the Battle of Trafalgar and 1815 for the Battle of Waterloo. The Russians and French celebrate the Battle of Borodino in 1812, both sides claim victory and probably the Americans might celebrate the American Revolution at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. Whatever the vintage of these old cognacs, one thing is certain, the older and rarer they become, the more expensive they are. Some very rare cognac bottles are today approaching £100,000 or more, and the less of them that are available the more expensive they will become.

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  1. Albert Robin Cognac Soda 1935
    Albert Robin was a 19th century negoҫiant. Between the wars, cognac was found to be a suitable mix with soda and this cognac was sold for just that purpose. It is in an interesting shaped bottle with a black label. We believe that it was probably only about 10 - 12 years old when bottled as that was a typical age for young cognacs at the time.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Albert Robin was a 19th century negoҫiant. Between the wars, cognac was found to be a suitable mix with soda and this cognac was sold for just that purpose. It is in an interesting shaped bottle with a black label. We believe that it was probably only about 10 - 12 years old when bottled as that was a typical age for young cognacs at the time.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  2. Cognac Camus and Soda
    Camus was founded in 1863 by Jean-Baptist Camus and was once the 5th largest cognac house. The firm depended mainly on sales to the Russian Czars. In the 1960s the owner was the only Cognaҫaise who was prepared to offer credit to a group of Americans who set up a firm called Duty Free Shoppers. Today that firm is in nearly every airport shop in the world and they have remained loyal to Camus. This cognac was made during the war years to try and get people to buy more cognac and mix it with soda. It was never a success but the bottle is unique and a fine example.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £516.67 Incl. VAT: £620.00

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    Camus was founded in 1863 by Jean-Baptist Camus and was once the 5th largest cognac house. The firm depended mainly on sales to the Russian Czars. In the 1960s the owner was the only Cognaҫaise who was prepared to offer credit to a group of Americans who set up a firm called Duty Free Shoppers. Today that firm is in nearly every airport shop in the world and they have remained loyal to Camus. This cognac was made during the war years to try and get people to buy more cognac and mix it with soda. It was never a success but the bottle is unique and a fine example.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  3. Grande Fine Champagne 1893
    The period between around 1875 and 1895 produced some of the best cognacs as distillers and cellar masters' knowledge had developed a good understanding of their art. Coupled with this, there is still a reasonable quantity available to be objective when tasting. This cognac comes in a handmade bottle, thought to contain 90 cl and is believed to be of a very good quality.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    The period between around 1875 and 1895 produced some of the best cognacs as distillers and cellar masters' knowledge had developed a good understanding of their art. Coupled with this, there is still a reasonable quantity available to be objective when tasting. This cognac comes in a handmade bottle, thought to contain 90 cl and is believed to be of a very good quality.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  4. Le Burguet 1865
    The Le Burguet cellars were owned by Alexandre Guignot and his partner Alexandre Petit and were located close to the town of Cognac. The cognacs from this region have quite a rich, nutty flavour. This rare and valuable find is a splendid example of one of the earliest we have found from this area, which is today known as Borderies. We believe that there may be another 9 of these bottles available but at present we only have two in our stock.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This cognac comes from the region to the north of Cognac, which today we call the Borderies, and which gives the cognac a rich,nutty flavour.
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    The Le Burguet cellars were owned by Alexandre Guignot and his partner Alexandre Petit and were located close to the town of Cognac. The cognacs from this region have quite a rich, nutty flavour. This rare and valuable find is a splendid example of one of the earliest we have found from this area, which is today known as Borderies. We believe that there may be another 9 of these bottles available but at present we only have two in our stock.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This cognac comes from the region to the north of Cognac, which today we call the Borderies, and which gives the cognac a rich,nutty flavour.
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  5. Danflou Cognac 1865
    Danflou was a small cognac company which became part of the Boisset estate and is now believed to be part of the Gautier empire. Many of the Danflou cognacs were purchased from the regions mainly to the south of Cognac which today are known as the Champagnes.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £5,741.67 Incl. VAT: £6,890.00

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    Danflou was a small cognac company which became part of the Boisset estate and is now believed to be part of the Gautier empire. Many of the Danflou cognacs were purchased from the regions mainly to the south of Cognac which today are known as the Champagnes.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  6. Domaine des Forges 1836 Cognac

    Domaine des Forges was bought by Louis Vallein in 1791. At the time, this estate covered much of the village of Chermignac, near Cognac. The estate was handed down to his grandson Georges who, as distiller and wine and spirits shipper, founded a trading firm circa 1850. The business continued through Georges’ descendants, with son Paul and grandson Louis Tercinier taking over after World War I. The Cognac Vallein-Tercinier company is still a family run business having been handed down from father to son for 5 generations. The bottle and label are in good condition and the bottle is thought to contain 90cl.

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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Domaine des Forges was bought by Louis Vallein in 1791. At the time, this estate covered much of the village of Chermignac, near Cognac. The estate was handed down to his grandson Georges who, as distiller and wine and spirits shipper, founded a trading firm circa 1850. The business continued through Georges’ descendants, with son Paul and grandson Louis Tercinier taking over after World War I. The Cognac Vallein-Tercinier company is still a family run business having been handed down from father to son for 5 generations. The bottle and label are in good condition and the bottle is thought to contain 90cl.

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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  7. Cognac Harrods 1842
    This rare and interesting cognac was labelled with the famous Knightsbridge store label. The cognac originated from the Grande Champagne region and was one of a number of vintage bottles discovered in a cellar belonging to a family who ceased making cognac around 1950. We have not seen a similar bottle to this and believe it to be very rare. This bottle is in excellent condition and contains about 90cl. The cognac from this period was produced from the Folle grape variety and was usually distilled on the farms where it was grown.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £9,258.33 Incl. VAT: £11,110.00

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    This rare and interesting cognac was labelled with the famous Knightsbridge store label. The cognac originated from the Grande Champagne region and was one of a number of vintage bottles discovered in a cellar belonging to a family who ceased making cognac around 1950. We have not seen a similar bottle to this and believe it to be very rare. This bottle is in excellent condition and contains about 90cl. The cognac from this period was produced from the Folle grape variety and was usually distilled on the farms where it was grown.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  8. Duret Cognac 1810
    This cognac probably originates from an old cask, reputedly from a French Naval ship in the early 1800s. It would have been aged in cellars by the negoçiant James Duret, around the town of Jarnac, and bottled at a later date. The firm merged with another firm called Louis Royer but they, in later years, became involved with another, much bigger name. Although the cognac would have been produced in the region, ageing at that time was not controlled and other flavours could be introduced from the cask. This cognac is an outstanding example of one made from the Folle grape.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £9,525.00 Incl. VAT: £11,430.00

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    This cognac probably originates from an old cask, reputedly from a French Naval ship in the early 1800s. It would have been aged in cellars by the negoçiant James Duret, around the town of Jarnac, and bottled at a later date. The firm merged with another firm called Louis Royer but they, in later years, became involved with another, much bigger name. Although the cognac would have been produced in the region, ageing at that time was not controlled and other flavours could be introduced from the cask. This cognac is an outstanding example of one made from the Folle grape.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  9. Dupuy Cognac 1807
    It is known that this cognac came from an old family firm near La Rochelle and was then sold by the negoçiant Dupuy, known for selling cognacs of the highest quality. This very old bottle is thought to contain 85cl.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    It is known that this cognac came from an old family firm near La Rochelle and was then sold by the negoçiant Dupuy, known for selling cognacs of the highest quality. This very old bottle is thought to contain 85cl.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  10. Albert Jarraud 1827
    Albert Jarraud was acquired by A E Dor in the late 19th Century. A E Dor continued to use Albert Jarraud as a house name for some time as it had become associated with French high society. This is the only Albert Jarraud bottle we have seen of this vintage. It has a clear label with a bright red seal and is thought to contain 70 cl. These cognacs from their old estate at La Couronne are said to be some of the finest of the period.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £10,975.00 Incl. VAT: £13,170.00

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    Albert Jarraud was acquired by A E Dor in the late 19th Century. A E Dor continued to use Albert Jarraud as a house name for some time as it had become associated with French high society. This is the only Albert Jarraud bottle we have seen of this vintage. It has a clear label with a bright red seal and is thought to contain 70 cl. These cognacs from their old estate at La Couronne are said to be some of the finest of the period.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  11. Carnot Cognac 1848
    There is very little information about Carnot Cognac but having been taken over by A E Dor, the Carnot Cognac label continued to be used for some of their very old cognacs. This unique, old bottle is thought to contain 80cl.
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    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £11,291.67 Incl. VAT: £13,550.00

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    There is very little information about Carnot Cognac but having been taken over by A E Dor, the Carnot Cognac label continued to be used for some of their very old cognacs. This unique, old bottle is thought to contain 80cl.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Whilst our knowledge of these old cognacs is sufficient in many cases to make an educated assessment of their flavour, we are unable to taste many of these old brandies to be certain of their qualities.
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  12. Cognac Jules Robin 1858

    The House of Jules Robin goes back to around 1760 when the firm started producing fine cognacs in the Charente and selling them around the area. The firm was sold to Martell in 1964 along with another famous name, Briand. The bottles are attractive with the vintage printed in the glass. These old bottles are hand made and the volumes vary, using our experience we estimate this one to be 80cl.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dried hazelnut, walnut and leather flavour consistent with cognacs of this period.
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    Excl. VAT: £12,266.67 Incl. VAT: £14,720.00

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    The House of Jules Robin goes back to around 1760 when the firm started producing fine cognacs in the Charente and selling them around the area. The firm was sold to Martell in 1964 along with another famous name, Briand. The bottles are attractive with the vintage printed in the glass. These old bottles are hand made and the volumes vary, using our experience we estimate this one to be 80cl.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dried hazelnut, walnut and leather flavour consistent with cognacs of this period.
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