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Very Old Cognac

The term ‘cognac’ first became known in the early 16th Century.  It referred to wines that were reduced by distillation in order to preserve them and make them easier to transport.  In those days the distillers sold most of their cognac to buyers who blended and bottled the cognac and sold it under their own names.  The bottle labels are therefore of little significance when trying to establish where the cognac was made.   Today these buyers are known as negoçiants

Cognacs produced before the late nineteenth century are completely different from those produced afterwards.  An outbreak of the Phylloxera Vastatrix, a tiny yellow bug which feasts off the roots of vines, became prevalent around 1872-4.  It destroyed not just the cognac vines but all those across Europe. Before the Phylloxera outbreak, most of the cognac vines were Folle Blanche.  After much work in America, a Phylloxera-resistant variety of root was discovered.  To this, the Ugni Blanc (a bland non-descriptive, acidic grape) was grafted. This is the predominant cognac grape variety used today.  Although the Folle Blanche is still used in small quantities, the pre-Phylloxera flavour, which exhibits drier and more organic flavours, will never be reproduced again.

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, as both sides claim victory, and the Americans might celebrate the American Revolution at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. Whatever the vintage of these very old cognacs, one thing is certain, the older and rarer they are, the more expensive they will become.  Some of our finest examples of pre-Phylloxera cognac have sold for more than £200,000 each.

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  1. 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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  2. 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.
    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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    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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  3. 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.
    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: £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.
    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. 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.
    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: £10,972.50 Incl. VAT: £13,167.00

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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.
    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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  5. Cognac Lucian Foucauld 1811
    The firm was founded in 1847 and although producers of cognac they were also buyers of older cognacs. The firm won many medals for their cognacs but ceased trading in 1978. This cognac is one of their prizes brought in early on to help build their stocks. These old bottles are hand made and the volumes vary, using our experience we estimate this one to be 85cl.
    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: £9,161.25 Incl. VAT: £10,993.50

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    The firm was founded in 1847 and although producers of cognac they were also buyers of older cognacs. The firm won many medals for their cognacs but ceased trading in 1978. This cognac is one of their prizes brought in early on to help build their stocks. These old bottles are hand made and the volumes vary, using our experience we estimate this one to be 85cl.
    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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