Cognac 1788 Clos de Griffier
Café Anglais, Grande Fine Champagne
Provenance: Christies King Street, 12/13/2012
Identical to the Cognac that was accidentally smashed by a customer at The Playboy Club in London in June 2012. This cognac was part of the world’s most expensive cocktail, mixed by renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese.
In 2009 the sommelier of the well-known French restaurant Tour d 'Argent in Paris rediscovered 3 bottles of this unique bottle, covered by a thick layer of black mold, in the winecellar.
To put things in perspective, this Cognac dates back to the year when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were still living at the royal palace at Versailles and would not be guillotined for another five years.
Events in 1788: The Day of the Tiles (French: Journée des Tuiles) is an event that took place in the French town of Grenoble on 7 June 1788. It was among the first of the revolts which preceded the French Revolution, and is credited by some historians as being the start of it. And in London the first edition of The Times, previously The Daily Universal Register, was published.
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Renowned throughout the world, the production of Cognac has been regulated by its very own AOC since 1909. Only liqueurs from eaux-de-vie made from crus from the controlled appellation area of Cognac can be labelled as such. This liqueur must be distilled and aged on-site in compliance with authorised techniques: double distillation in a copper Charentais still, ageing in oak barrels for a set minimum ageing period.
A good Cognac is subjected to a complex manufacturing process. It is never made from the eau-de-vie of a single cru, but from a `marriage' of eaux-de-vie that vary in age and cru - some as old as a hundred. To establish the age of a Cognac, only the number of years spent in oak casks or barrels are taken into account. As soon as an eau-de-vie is decanted into a glass recipient, it ceases to age. The longer it is left to age, the more a Cognac gains in complexity, fragrance, aromas and taste (spiced, pepper and cinnamon flavours).
Please note that only Cognacs made exclusively from Petite and Grande Champagne (50% minimum) can use the "Fine Champagne" appellation.
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The restaurant café Anglais opened in 1802 and was named to honor of the Treaty of Amiens, a peace accord signed between Britain and France. In the beginning, its clientele were coachmen and domestic servants but later became frequented visited by actors and patrons of the nearby Opera House.
In 1822, the new proprietor, Paul Chevreuil, turned it into a fashionable restaurant with a reputation for roasted and grilled meats. It was after the arrival of chef Adolphe Dugléré that the Café Anglais achieved its highest gastronomic fame, frequently visited by the wealthy and the aristocracy of Paris.
He composed the menu called the "Three Emperors Dinner" in honor of Tsar Alexander II, Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck for the Exposition Universelle in 1867 in Paris.
A famous cognac from the Cafe Anglais wine cellar is the 1788 Cafe Anglais Grande Fine Champagne Clos de Griffier.
Clos de Griffier
Griffier is located in the commune of Gript near Niort in the department of Deux Sevres in France. Its vineyards (Clos) have been reported to have been very extensive and remarkable. Since the 18th century, La métairie (farmhouse) de Griffier, Logis de Griffier but also the Chateau du Griffier are mentioned. Griffier is visible on Napoleonic maps. It is said that its vineyards produced wine until the phylloxera struck.