Cognac 1789 Grande Champagne
Handblown bottle, embossed on button '1789', Grande Champagne, Glass shoulder button
Provenance: Sotheby's Paris, 12/2/1978
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. In those times when the French royal family that had ruled France for centuries started collapsing, the Grande Fine Champagne cognac was created by Saulnier Frères. 1789: George Washington is unanimously elected the first President of the United States by the United States Electoral College. He is inaugurated at Federal Hall in New York City, beginning his term as the first President of the United States. The French Revolution (1789–1799) begins with the Storming of the Bastille: Citizens of Paris storm the fortress of the Bastille and free the only seven prisoners held. In rural areas, peasants attack manors of the nobility.
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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.