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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. 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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  2. 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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    Excl. VAT: £7,966.67 Incl. VAT: £9,560.00

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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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  3. 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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    Excl. VAT: £8,758.33 Incl. VAT: £10,510.00

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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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  4. 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.
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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: £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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  5. 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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