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LIQUID HISTORY COLLECTIONS

The magic of time captured in a cognac collection.
Picture of Liquid History Presidents of the USA
Dazzling bottled spirits encapsulate history and biographies of extraordinary and colorful people whose lives shaped our history and therefore our lives. The collections contain bottles which are the last remaining in the world. Gathered over 40 years at auctions around the world, they now are looking for a collector who shares a passion for collecting unique objects and collections that enliven the imagination beyond the bottle.
AMERICA'S PRESIDENTS COLLECTION
1789-1977
Cognac and Armagnac with vintages from the reigning period of the first 39 Presidents of the United States of America
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Embodied in a shared devotion to freedom, equality, and democracy, France and the United States have forged a bond of friendship and common purpose that has endured for nearly 250 years. Born of violent revolution, nurtured by American presidents, and celebrated with the finest French Armagnacs and Cognacs, that relationship has strengthened and mellowed over the years, much like the spirits in this
Liquid History – America’s Presidents collection.
Bay van der Bunt
History buff and Old Liquors owner, Bay van der Bunt, has spent the last 40 years expanding his family’s collection of rare and historically significant bottles of distilled spirits.
He offers this Liquid History – America’s Presidents collection in order to celebrate the longstanding friendship between the United States and France and the defining moments of presidential history represented by these special Cognacs and Armagnacs
LIQUID HISTORY
France is America’s first ally. The Marquis de Lafayette brought cognac with him when he crossed the Atlantic to assist George Washington in America’s fight for Independence. It’s not difficult to imagine Lafayette and General Washington sharing a toast after the French fleet played a pivotal role in Washington’s climactic victory at Yorktown.
The friendly relations continued throughout the 18th century. As ambassador, future President Thomas Jefferson witnessed the onset of the French Revolution and developed an appreciation for its people’s love of republican principles that would serve him well in the White House. As president in 1803, Jefferson cut a sweet deal with Napoleon, setting America’s manifest destiny in motion and restoring the transatlantic friendship marred by the Quasi-War of 1798-1800. The Louisiana Purchase doubled U.S. territory at the bargain price of $15 million – less than 4 cents per acre. The Americanization of New Orleans transformed the Big Easy from cognac and Armagnac sophistication to a beer-and-bourbon frontier town. But the connection between American presidents and French spirits lived on.
Cognac played a role in important strategies and tactics the help the United States, France, and their allies win World War II. Scion of the famous cognac family, Jean Monnet served as an advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt. Before the U.S. entered the war, Monnet helped convince Roosevelt to make America “the great arsenal of democracy.” The resulting lend-lease program stimulated the U.S. economy and produced critical war materiel for the British and French fight against Nazi Germany. It has been reported that General (and future president) Dwight Eisenhower sipped cognac with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as they planned the D-Day invasion that would liberate France.

1789-1797 George Washington

George Washington was the 1st President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

COGNAC 1789 BRAND UNKOWN

COGNAC 1789 BRAND UNKOWN

The glass button of this handblown bottle of Grand Champagne Cognac shows that it was distilled in one of history’s roughest periods, the French Revolution.

Embossed 1789 bottle. Lead capsule with Grande Champagne Cognac. Label missing. Level 6,5cm below cork.

1797-1801 John Adams

John Adams was the 2nd President of the United States, an American Founding Father. Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence from Great Britain. Well educated, he was an Enlightenment political theorist who promoted republicanism.

COGNAC 1800 SOUALLE-BAILLIENCOURT

COGNAC 1800 SOUALLE & E. DE
BAILLIENCOURT L.

The wine merchant Louis Soualle acquired Chateau Gazin and his daughter married into the Bailliencourt-family hence the beautiful name of this bottle of fine champagne cognac. Damaged capsule.

Badly bin soiled and slightly damaged label, all readable. Level 6cm below cork.

1801-1809 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the 3th President of the United States, an American Founding Father, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual.

COGNAC 1802 NAPOLÉON

COGNAC 1802 NAPOLÉON

Embossed bottle with imperial glass shoulder 'N' button. Lead capsule branded with "Maison de l'Empereur Fine Champagne 1802" Orginal label missing, Christie's sliplabel. Level 4,5cm below cork.

1809-1817 James Madison, Jr.

James Madison, Jr. was the 4th President of the United States. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental in the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and as the key champion and author of the Bill of Rights.

COGNAC 1809 MARQUIS DE GENET

COGNAC 1809 MARQUIS DE GENET

The Grande Champagne cru is located around the town of Segonzac. It produces a very fine, high-quality Cognac. It is known as the Premier Cru du Cognac. Embossed 1809 bottle. Wax capsule.

Slightly bin soiled slightly damaged label. Level 8,5cm below cork.

1817-1825 James Monroe

James Monroe was the 5th President of the United States. Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States, and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the Republican Generation. As president, he bought Florida from Spain and he supported the founding of colonies in Africa for free African Americans.

COGNAC 1818 TUILERIES

COGNAC 1818 TUILERIES

Embossed bottle with imperial glass shoulder 'N' button. Leadcapsule, slightly raised cork. Bin soiled and damaged label. Back sliplabel: 'Fully matured in wood before botling, Pre-war bottling'. Level 9cm below cork.

1825-1829 John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams, son of former President John Adams, was an American statesman who served as the 6th President of the United States. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, and National Republican Party. As president he sought to modernize the American economy and promote education.

COGNAC 1825 BROSSAULT & CO

COGNAC 1825 BROSSAULT & CO

Brossault & Cie was one of the major cognac houses during the 19th century, and although they unfortunately disappeared from the market, this bottle is one of the finest preserved old vintages on the market.

Despite that the spirit has lost somewhat of its alcohol, the aromas are still overwhelmingly rich, with hints of mahogany and eucalyptus. Embossed bottle with 1825 neck glass button. Wax capsule.Bin soiled label with UK import sliplabel attached. Level topshoulder.

1829-1837 Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States. He studied law and helped found the state of Tennessee. Nominated for president in 1824, Jackson narrowly lost to John Quincy Adams. He is known for founding the Democratic Party, and for his support of individual liberty.

ARMAGNAC 1830 SAINT CHRISTEAU

ARMAGNAC 1830 SAINT CHRISTEAU

The cellars from where this armagnac originates were created in 1867 by Jean Esquerre and his son Bernard . Wax capsule. Pristine label Level 3cm below cork.


1837-1841 Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in a number of senior roles, including 8th Vice President from 1833 to 1837 and Secretary of State from 1829 to 1831. His presidency suffered from the economic chaos of the financial crisis in 1837 (Panic of 1837), and eventually led to his defeat.

COGNAC 1840 A.E. DOR

COGNAC 1840 A.E. DOR

A.E. Dor has an incomparable heritage of vintage cognacs dating generally from before the time when the dreaded phylloxera struck in 1874. They have kept their precious contents intact for more than a century and a half, and justified the standard of their worldwide renown.

Wax neck seal with vintage. Wax capsule. Slightly stained label otherwise pristine appearance. Excellent level, 3cm below cork.

1841-1841 William Henry Harrison (1840 elected)

William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States, an American military officer and politician. On his 32nd day, he became the first President to die in office, serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history.

COGNAC 1840 HIVERT PELLEVOISIN

COGNAC 1840 HIVERT PELLEVOISIN

Lead capsule, short saturated cork all in place. Bin soiled slightly damaged label. Level 7cm below cork. Back sliplabel:'Specially reserved to members of the Travellers Club by Godet Freres, grands sons & successors to Hivert Pellevoisin'.


1841-1845 John Tyler

John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States. He was elected vice president on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison. Harrison's death made Tyler the first vice president to succeed to the presidency without being elected to the office. Tyler was known as a supporter of states' rights.

COGNAC 1842 MEUKOW & CO

COGNAC 1842 MEUKOW & CO

As the name suggests, the founders of Meukow cognac originated from Russia. In 1862 two brothers were sent over to France to supply the Tsar with cognac and decided to start their own cognac distillery. Lead capsule. Slightly bin soiled, nicked label. Level 6cm below cork.

1845-1849 James Knox Polk

James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was the surprise (dark horse) candidate for president in 1844, defeating Henry Clay of the rival Whig Party. He is noted for his foreign policy successes.

COGNAC 1845 JULES ROBIN

COGNAC 1845 JULES ROBIN

The House of Jules Robin goes back to around 1760 when the firm started producing fine cognacs in the Charente and selling them in the area around the area. The firm was sold to Martell in 1964. Wax capsule. Slightly bin soiled, very slightly nicked label. Level base of neck.

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.

1849-1850 Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of major major general. A firm nationalist who believed that secession was not a good way to resolve national problems.

COGNAC 1850 DE LUZE & FILS A.

OGNAC 1850 DE LUZE & FILS A.

Chabanneau was founded in 1830 as a high quality cognac merchant company. The founders were Pierre Chabanneau and a Dutch trader. The company flourished thanks to the trade with East Asia.

After World War II the results were poor, especially after the Declaration of Independence from Indonesia in 1954. Later on the company is acquired by Camus. Bin soiled slightly damaged label. Level into neck.

1850-1853 Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties. He helped found the private University of Buffalo, which today is the public University at Buffalo, the largest school in the New York state university system.

COGNAC 1850 PIERRE CHABANNEAU & CO

COGNAC 1850 PIERRE CHABANNEAU & CO

De Luze Cognac is a cognac house founded in 1822 by Alfred De Luze and is now based in Angeac-Champagne Charente. It was in 1817 that the brothers De Luze Alfred and Louis Philippe, travelled to the New World and founded an import agency De Luze LP & Co. in New York. After years of success, Alfred returned to France in order to provide his brother, Louis Philippe, with the best French products.

In 1822 Alfred founded the trading company A. De Luze & Fils. The house De Luze is still a family owned business since the Boinaud Family acquired the company in 2006. Leadcapsule. Damp stained label. Non integraded US import slip label. Level 5,5cm below cork.

1853-1857 Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement - the movement of the American Civil War to end slavery - as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.

COGNAC 1854 ROUYER GUILLET & CO

COGNAC 1854 ROUYER GUILLET & CO

Rouyer, Guillet & Co is a very old company founded in the town of Cognac in 1701. The families Rouyer and Guillet started working together in 1801 as a result of marriage. In the same year the company also moved to the town Saintes and the name changed to Rouyer, Guillet & Co, which later became Rouyer-Guillet.

After 1900, the company took over almost all the companies in Saintes one by one in order to expand the company even more. Corroded capsule, short saturated cork. Stained nicked label. Level 7,5cm below cork.

1857-1861 James Buchanan

James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. Buchanan, an attorney, was noted for his mantra, "I acknowledge no master but the law."

COGNAC 1858 BISQUIT DUBOUCHÉ

COGNAC 1858 BISQUIT DUBOUCHÉ & CO

The heritage of Bisquit dates back to 1819, when Alexandre Bisquit founded the cognac house in the town of Jarnac, in the heart of the cognac region. His family had been active in distillation for generations, selling bottles since as far back as 1750, but had never taken the step of becoming independent with their own brand. With its 205 hectares of vineyards, it used to be one of the biggest vineyards in the Charente area, together with 64 alambics (pot stills) and cellars.

They had a long-standing family tradition until the house was sold to Pernod Ricard in 1966. Short vintage branded cork. Sign of old seepage. Damaged wax neck seal. Bin soiled label. Level 6,5cm below cork. Said to have been among the favorite cognacs of Winston Churchill and King George IV, it is popular in the Anglo-Saxon countries and hence was bought by the South African group Distell in 2009.

1861-1865 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the U.S. through its Civil War. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

COGNAC 1865 MARNIER-LAPOSTOLLE

COGNAC 1865 MARNIER-LAPOSTOLLE

The brand Marnier-Lapostolle came into existance when in 1876 the two families joined tru marriage. This marriage formed the basis for the later iconic spirits brand.

Slightly damaged lead capsule. Damaged embossed glass and wax neck seal with vintage. Bin soiled slightly damagd label. Excellent level in long neck bottle, 7cm.

1865-1869 Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States. Johnson became president as he was Vice President at the time of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded.

COGNAC 1865 OTARD DUPUY

COGNAC 1865 OTARD DUPUY & CO

Otard, also known as Château de Cognac, is a French cognac house founded in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard. The company has remained in the hands of the same family since its establishment.

The firm is based in the Château des Valois (Château de Cognac), Cognac, Charente, its home since 1796. James Otard fought alongside Louis XIV of France and was created a Baron in 1701. Bin soiled label. Dumpy bottle. Uppershoulder level.

1869-1877 Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. Grant advocated systematic federal enforcement of fundamental civil rights regardless of race.

COGNAC 1869 SICARD & CO

COGNAC 1869 SICARD & CO

The Cognac brand Sicard & Co was an independent merchant until it was desolved in the Compangnie de Guyenne owner of many brands of which Meukow is the most famous. Satured vintage branded cork. Badly bin soiled label. Level 5cm below cork.

1877-1881 Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War and Reconstruction.

COGNAC 1878 LUCIEN FOUCAULD & CO

COGNAC 1878 LUCIEN FOUCAULD & CO

Foucauld & Co was one of the most involved companies in the development of cognac exportation. For over 160 years, the distinctive and constant quality of Foucauld Cognacs has built up the brand’s reputation.

The passion of Lucien Foucauld for cognac led him to create one of the most famous cognacs. Lucien Foucauld & Co joined C.D.G. Group for a better export management and development. Corroded capsule. Bin soiled label. Excellent level for age.

1881-1881 James Abram Garfield

James Abram Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States after serving nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1863 to 1880. Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days, from March 4, 1881 until his death on September 19, 1881. He gained a reputation as a skilled orator.

ARMAGNAC 1881 UNKOWN

ARMAGNAC 1881 UNKOWN

Capsule missing. Fully branded cork. Badly bin soiled label. Level 4cm below cork.

1881-1885 Chester Alan Arthur

Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States. After just half a year as vice president, Arthur found himself in the executive mansion due to the assassination of his predecessor. He signed the Pendleton Act into law and strongly enforced its provisions.

COGNAC 1884 COURVOISIER

COGNAC 1884 COURVOISIER

Courvoisier was officially established by Felix Courvoisier in 1835. The origin of their history goes back to the beginning of the 19th century with Emmanuel Courvoisier and his associate, Louis Gallois.

In 1811 Napoleon visited their warehouses in Bercy and later took several barrels of cognac with him to St Helena, much appreciated by the officers on the ship who named it 'The Cognac of Napoleon'. Slightly damaged lead capsule. Long satured cork. Bin soiled label. Level 6,5cm below cork.

1885-1889 Stephen Grover Cleveland

Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd (and 24th) President of the United States. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times, and was one of the two Democrats elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933.

COGNAC 1887 ADET SEWARD & CO

COGNAC 1887 ADET SEWARD & CO

Since 1852, the house of Adet Seward has selected the best eaux-de-vie produced from grapes grown within the defined Cognac region. Lead capsule. Level 5cm.

1889-1893 Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States. He was the grandson of the 9th President, William Henry Harrison. Harrison had become a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana.

COGNAC 1889 A.E. DOR

COGNAC 1889 A.E. DOR

This cognac is distilled in the year the Exposition Universelle opens in Paris, along with the Eiffel Tower. Wax capsule and wax vintage button on shoulder. Italian non integrated sliplabel. Level 4cm.

1893-1897 Stephen Grover Cleveland

Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 24th (and 22nd) President of the United States. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times, and was one of the two Democrats elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933.

COGNAC 1893 PHILIPPE DE CASTAIGNE

COGNAC 1893 PHILIPPE DE CASTAIGNE

This rare bottle of cognac comes from the family reserve Grande Champagne harvest of 1893. Wax capsule. Slightly stained label. Recent bottling. 6,5cm below cork.

1897-1901 William McKinley

William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, until his assassination in September 1901. He raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals.

ARMAGNAC 1897 BARON DE SAINT-FEUX

ARMAGNAC 1897 BARON DE SAINT-FEUX

This Armagnac has been aged in oak barrels and was bottled on 7 February 1997.

1901-1909 Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials TR, served as the 26th President of the United States. A leader of the Republican Party. Roosevelt attended Harvard College, where he studied biology, boxed, and developed an interest in naval affairs.

ARMAGNAC 1904 CASTARÈDE

ARMAGNAC 1904 CASTARÈDE

Ennobled by King Louis XVIII in 1818, the Castarède family received its name and its arms. In 1832, on the advice of baron Haussmann, sub-prefect of Nérac and friends of the family, it featured in the trade register of that time, as the first Armagnac trading house. Recent bottling. Damaged wax capsule.

1909-1913 William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later, from 1921 to 1930, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices.

ARMAGNAC 1909 SAINT CHRISTEAU

ARMAGNAC 1909 SAINT CHRISTEAU

The property of "St. Christeau" is located at the gates of Auch and planted with vines. The brand "St. Christeau" is selected to designate the Armagnac distilled and sold by the Esquerre-Bounoure society. Recent bottling. Wax capsule.

1913-1921 Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States, and leader of the Progressive Movement. A Southerner with a PhD in political science, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910. Narrowly re-elected in 1916 around the slogan "He kept us out of war".

COGNAC 1914 CHÂTEAU PAULET

COGNAC 1914 CHÂTEAU PAULET

Château Paulet was founded by a group of local (Cognac) growers, merchants and brokers who teamed up in 1848, located on a estate which produced Cognac since 1761. Vintage embossed wax seal on shoulder. Bin soiled slightly damaged label. Level 5cm.

1921-1923 Warren Gamaliel Harding

Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, a Republican from Ohio who served in the Ohio Senate and then in the United States Senate, where he played a minor role.

ARMAGNAC 1921 DOMAINE DE GAUBE

ARMAGNAC 1921 DOMAINE DE GAUBE

The vine for the armagnac is grown, processed and harvested by SERRES family for three generations. Bottled by Francis Darroze in 1982. Wax seal. Stained label. Level 6cm below cork.

1923-1929 John Calvin Coolidge Jr.

John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the United States. As a Republican lawyer he worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics. He restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor's administration.

COGNAC 1924 JOHN EXSHAW

COGNAC 1924 JOHN EXSHAW

After a post war decline, this brand was bought by Otard in 1975. 70 Proof. Bottled in 1966. John Harvey import label, bin soiled slightly damaged. Level 7cm.

1929-1933 Herbert Clark Hoover

Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer. Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, and became internationally known for humanitarian relief efforts.

COGNAC 1929 DE SALIGNAC & CO L.

COGNAC 1929 DE SALIGNAC & CO L.

Antoine de Salignac, country gentleman, born in 1763, founded the House Salignac and Co. under the First French Empire. 70 Proof. Classic dumpy bottle. Slightly nickled label. Level 6cm.

1933-1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, who won a record of four elections. He was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the U.S. during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war.

ARMAGNAC 1933 SAINT CHRISTEAU

ARMAGNAC 1933 SAINT CHRISTEAU

The cellars of Armagnac were created in 1867 by Jean Esquerre and his son Bernard. In 1938, Jean Esquerre buys in his own name the property of " St. Christeau " located at the gates of Auch and planted with vines.

It was then that the name " St. Christeau " is chosen to designate distilled and sold by the company Bounoure Esquerre

1945-1953 Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States. As the final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the Allies successfully concluded World War II.

ARMAGNAC 1945 DOMAINE D'AMBLAT

ARMAGNAC 1945 DOMAINE D'AMBLAT

Armagnac Ténarèze produced by Domaine d’Amblat. Bottled in 1999.

1953-1961 Dwight David Eisenhower

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. Among his enduring innovations, he launched the Interstate Highway System and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which led to the Internet.

COGNAC 1953 JUSTERINI & BROOKS

COGNAC 1953 JUSTERINI & BROOKS

Grand Champagne cognac. Shipped to the U.K. and matured in oak for 20 years. 70 Proof. Landed 1954, Bottled 1973.

1961-1963 John Fitzgerald Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly known as Jack Kennedy or by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Notable events are the Project Apollo (the moon landings), the building of the Berlin Wall and the increased U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

ARMAGNAC 1961 SEMPÉ

ARMAGNAC 1961 SEMPÉ

Matured in oak for 31 years. Vintage in wax shoulder button, Bottled in 1992

1963-1969 Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States. Johnson succeeded Kennedy as President following his assassination. Johnson's presidency took place during a healthy economy, with steady growth and low unemployment. He focused on domestic policy, and, after 1966, on the Vietnam War.

COGNAC 1963 CROIZET B. LÉON

COGNAC 1963 CROIZET B. LÉON

The House of Cognac Croizet is one of cognac’s oldest companies. Founded by Léon Croizet in 1805, the brand is recognized around the world. Made with due respect to traditions, Croizet cognacs owe their distinctive style to their unique geographical origin – Grande Champagne. Vintage in wax shoulder button.

1969-1974 Richard Nixon

Richard Milhous Nixon served for eight years as vice president from 1953 to 1961, and waged an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1960, narrowly losing to John F. Kennedy. In 1973 Nixon ended the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, along with the military draft. The Watergate scandal costs Nixon much of his political support: he became the only U.S. president to resign the office.

COGNAC 1969 DENIS-MOUNIÉ

COGNAC 1969 DENIS-MOUNIÉ

Its in the heart of the Grande Champagne area, near Saint Preuil, that this family vineyard is situated. Several generations have been working this chalky soil to produce, distill and raise the Jacques Denis cognacs.

Little has changed here over the years as tradition and the nobility of the best French oak remain the essential elements in the ageing process. UK Bottled. Landed 1973, Bottled 1988. Slightly bin soiled label. Level 6cm.

1974-1977 Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr.

Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr., born Leslie Lynch King Jr., was the 38th President of the United States. He became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente ("relaxation") in the Cold War.

ARMAGNAC 1974 CASTARÈDE

ARMAGNAC 1974 CASTARÈDE

The Castarède family guarentees that all their Armagnacs were harvested and distilled in the year of their vintage. This Armagnac has been matured in casks and bottled on the 3-03-1999.

1977-1981 James Earl Carter

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter was an American politician, author, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States. He was awarded with the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. He promised truth in government in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

ARMAGNAC 1977 SEMPÉ

ARMAGNAC 1977 SEMPÉ

SEMPE is one of the most well-known Armagnac merchant houses. It was founded in 1934 by Abel SEMPÉ, a relentless Gascon serving his country and region.

He was a recognised member of the resistance in the Armagnac battalion and then senator for the Gers for many years. Vintage in wax shoulder button, Bottled in 1996

Collections

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION

THE COLLECTION: 1789 - 1977

This exemplary lot features 39 bottles of Cognac or Armagnac, each of which corresponds to a presidential term of office.

Comprising 39 bottles of Cognac and Armagnac, each dating to a United States Presidential term, including a Grande Champagne Cognac 1789 (George Washington), a Cognac des Tuileries 1818 (James Monroe), a Marnier-Lapostolle Château de Bourg 1865 (Abraham Lincoln), a Réserve Spéciale, Bas Armagnac 1881 from the 200-day term of the assassinated President, James Garfeld, a Courvoisier 1884 (Chester Arthur), and an Armagnac Sempé 1961 from the 33 month term of John F. Kennedy.

COGNAC AND ARMAGNAC

There is no drink that endures with the grace and fortitude of great Cognac or Armagnac. These rare distillates are rightfully called ‘liquid history caught in a bottle’. Only the finest brandies are used for vintage dated bottles – one could argue eloquently that they represent the pinnacle of the art of distillation.

Cognac and Armagnac begin life as wine crafted from white grapes in the Charente and Gers regions in France. This wine from a single harvest is then distilled into the finest grape alcohol, brandy. The young spirit is then transferred to old casks to be gently aged in the cellar. During this time the brandy softens and develops fne, nuanced aromas.  After many years of aging, these Cognac and Armagnac are bottled: the essence of this majestic meeting of spirit and wood is captured. Most Cognac and Armagnac is blended—only the very finest vintage brandies are left unblended and then bottled in extremely small quantities. It is rare to see vintage dated bottles from the last century - 18th and early 19th century examples are even rarer and highly sought after.

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION

Many of the bottles are of a rarity appropriate to a museum collection or the liquid library of the Cognac houses themselves. In fact, the owner has been frequently approached by Cognac producers who want to buy back historic bottles they no longer possess. Mr. van der Bunt has preferred to keep the collection together, with its unique offering of almost 200 years of American history.

This amazing collection offers rare Cognacs from famous houses like Courvoisier 1884, Marnier-Lapostolle 1865, Otard Dupuy 1865, Bisquit Dubouché 1858, Pierre Chabanneau 1850, Meukow 1842, AE Dor 1840 and also one extremely rare bottle of 1789 Grand Champagne Cognac from an unknown producer. This Cognac was produced when the French Revolution began and George Washington was the President of the United States.

Never before has such a collection of historic Cognac and Armagnac been offered for sale. The successful bidder will be able to experience more than 175 years of liquid political history at leisure—an open bottle of Cognac or Armagnac has almost infinite life.

PROVENANCE

Bottle

Cognac 1789 Brand Unkown
Cognac 1800 Soualle & E. de Bailliencourt L.
Cognac 1802 Napoléon
Cognac 1809 Marquis de Genet
Cognac 1818 Tuileries
Cognac 1825 Brossault & Co
Armagnac 1830 Saint Christeau
Cognac 1840 A.E. DOR
Cognac 1840 Hivert Pellevoisin
Cognac 1842 Meukow & Co
Cognac 1845 Jules Robin
Cognac 1850 de Luze & Fils A.
Cognac 1850 Pierre Chabanneau & Co
Cognac 1854 Rouyer Guillet & Co
Cognac 1858 Bisquit Dubouché & Co
Cognac 1865 Marnier-Lapostolle
Cognac 1865 Otard Dupuy & Co
Cognac 1869 Sicard & Co
Cognac 1878 Lucien Foucauld & Co
Armagnac 1881 Brand Unkown
Cognac 1884 Courvoisier
Cognac 1887 Adet Seward & Co
Cognac 1889 A.E. DOR
Cognac 1893 Philippe de Castaigne
Armagnac 1897 Baron de Saint-Feux
Armagnac 1904 Castarède
Armagnac 1909 Saint Christeau
Cognac 1914 Château Paulet
Armagnac 1921 Domaine de Gaube
Cognac 1924 John Exshaw
Cognac 1929 de Salignac & Co L.
Armagnac 1933 Saint Christeau
Armagnac 1945 Domaine d'Amblat
Cognac 1953 Justerini & Brooks
Armagnac 1961 Sempé
Cognac 1963 Croizet B. Léon
Cognac 1969 Denis-Mounié
Armagnac 1974 Castarède
Armagnac 1977 Sempé

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