Cognac 1805 A.E. DOR
Très Vieille, Soleil d'Austerlitz, Grande Champagne
An extremely rare bottle of which only 3 bottles were sold. Collected in 1980 from a single 3,5 litres demi-john in the Paradis 'Soleil d'Austerlitz' of A.E. Dor. The owner kept a bottle for himself and presented the rest to the French president. 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.
AE Dor is renowned for its ancient stocks. Some of them are fallen below 40 percent alcohol, but are permitted to be sold as cognacs, what is very exceptional though not unprecedented.
Other events in this period:
1805 was the year of the Battle of Austerlitz, also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors. This battle was one of Napoleon's greatest victories. •
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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.