Cognac 1795 AIGLE D'OR Napoléon
Unique Eighteenth Century Cognac/ Aigle D'Or, Tres Vielle Réserve Spèciale Cognac-1795.
Provenance: CLN, 12/10/2000
This hand-blown bottle, believed to be between 5 and 6 liters in size, is of excellent general appearance. Heavy wax capsule. Original labels (first started being used in the 1850s) bin soiled but good for age. Deep color, level 9.5cms. below base of cork. This bottle was part of the Lloyd Flatt collection first sold by Christie's in Chicago in 1990. Provenance: Christie's London, Nov. 2000
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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Paris before 1900
The family house of Leopold Brugerolle was supplying the Paris restaurant market in the 1850's with bottles of mature cognac purchased from their contract growers, and marked with the vintage as an indication of their age. Much of the cognac from this period was requestioned by the French revolutionary army officers.