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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.
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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: £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. J Favraud 1887

    Based in Jarnac, the old firm of Favraud dates back to the 1850s. The company was bought in 1985 by M and Mme Philippe Vallantin-Dulac who hoped the acquisition would help sell their recently purchased Philippe de Castaigne cognacs in the USA and Far East. Today the house is owned by the Ladoga Group but it continues to produce cognacs in the traditional way at their original Chateau de Souillac.

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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: £2,000.00 Incl. VAT: £2,400.00

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    Based in Jarnac, the old firm of Favraud dates back to the 1850s. The company was bought in 1985 by M and Mme Philippe Vallantin-Dulac who hoped the acquisition would help sell their recently purchased Philippe de Castaigne cognacs in the USA and Far East. Today the house is owned by the Ladoga Group but it continues to produce cognacs in the traditional way at their original Chateau de Souillac.

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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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  4. 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.
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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: £3,116.67 Incl. VAT: £3,740.00

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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.
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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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  5. Martell Cognac 1877
    Martell, like the other big firms are negoçiants and buy their cognacs from the growers in the region. Many of the grapes for Martell cognacs come from the region to the north of Cognac which we today call the Borderies. This bottle has been stored in cellars that were slightly damp. The label has deteriorated badly but we have a sale label which confirms the vintage.
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    Flavour: Many of the grapes for Martell cognacs come from the region to the north of Cognac, which today we call the Borderies, and give the cognac a nutty flavour.
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    Martell, like the other big firms are negoçiants and buy their cognacs from the growers in the region. Many of the grapes for Martell cognacs come from the region to the north of Cognac which we today call the Borderies. This bottle has been stored in cellars that were slightly damp. The label has deteriorated badly but we have a sale label which confirms the vintage.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Many of the grapes for Martell cognacs come from the region to the north of Cognac, which today we call the Borderies, and give the cognac a nutty flavour.
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  6. 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.
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    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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  7. Eschenauer 1848

    Eschenauer was one of the most controversial firms in the industry. The firm was based in Bordeaux where its Jewish owners specialised in selling wines from the region, including some which were labelled under their own name. They also were known for collecting cognacs dating from the 19th century, again labelling them under their own name. Many of the cognacs came from the best producing areas and were of quite high quality. The firm came to grief during the last war when the locals accused them of collaborating with the Germans and refused to deal with them.

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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: £5,670.00 Incl. VAT: £6,804.00

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    Eschenauer was one of the most controversial firms in the industry. The firm was based in Bordeaux where its Jewish owners specialised in selling wines from the region, including some which were labelled under their own name. They also were known for collecting cognacs dating from the 19th century, again labelling them under their own name. Many of the cognacs came from the best producing areas and were of quite high quality. The firm came to grief during the last war when the locals accused them of collaborating with the Germans and refused to deal with them.

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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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  8. 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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    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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  9. Boutelleau Cognac 1865
    The firm was founded in 1849 by Louis Edmond Boutelleau in Barbezieux in the area which we know today as Grande Champagne. They sold large quantities of fine cognac and were quite well known in their time. This 1865 Cognac is known to be of a high quality and both the bottle and label are in fine condition.
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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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    The firm was founded in 1849 by Louis Edmond Boutelleau in Barbezieux in the area which we know today as Grande Champagne. They sold large quantities of fine cognac and were quite well known in their time. This 1865 Cognac is known to be of a high quality and both the bottle and label are in fine condition.
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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. René Niel 1854

    René Niel was a small negoçiant. Before 1856 cognac producers were not allowed to use their own labels so had to sell their cognac through negoçiants. We know very little about this cognac other than to say that we have been fortunate in having tasted a small sample previously and were most impressed with it. The bottle and label are in good condition.

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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: £7,275.00 Incl. VAT: £8,730.00

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    René Niel was a small negoçiant. Before 1856 cognac producers were not allowed to use their own labels so had to sell their cognac through negoçiants. We know very little about this cognac other than to say that we have been fortunate in having tasted a small sample previously and were most impressed with it. The bottle and label are in good condition.

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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. 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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  12. Nicholson 1858

    Nicholson was a small negoçiant. Before 1856 cognac producers were not allowed to use their own labels so had to sell their cognac through negoçiants. The vintage of this cognac is actually in the glass neck of the bottle, the label is in good condition and it is thought to contain 80 cl. This is a fine example of pre-phylloxera cognac, we have tasted similar to this and believe it to be of the very highest quality.

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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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    Nicholson was a small negoçiant. Before 1856 cognac producers were not allowed to use their own labels so had to sell their cognac through negoçiants. The vintage of this cognac is actually in the glass neck of the bottle, the label is in good condition and it is thought to contain 80 cl. This is a fine example of pre-phylloxera cognac, we have tasted similar to this and believe it to be of the very highest quality.

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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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