La Tour d'Argent

Cognac 1805 La Tour d'Argent

Grande Champagne, Terrail

Provenance: Christies King Street, 12/13/2012

  • Cognac 1805 La Tour d'Argent
  • Cognac 1805 La Tour d'Argent
A 1805 Grande Champagne Cognac 'La Tour d'Argent' is a rare and historic cognac from the Paris restaurant La Tour d'Argent. Tour d’Argent is one of the most famous restaurants in the World. La Tour d'Argent is on the fifth floor of a fine corner building just where the Seine twists direction. The ground floor waiting room is lovely in itself, filled with antiques, but the dining room is glorious. It looks out over the Seine and the skyline of Paris, with the cathedral of Notre Dame nearby. The view is one of the finest of any restaurant in the world. The wine list here is legendary, offering over 15,000 wines selections from a cellar of 450,000 bottles. Duck, especially the pressed duck, is the specialty (Canard à la presse). The restaurant raises its ducks on its own farm. Diners who order the duck receive a postcard with the bird's serial number. 1805: Thomas Jefferson is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. 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. Sweden declares war on France. The Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815) were a series of wars between Napoleon's French Empire and opposing coalitions led by Great Britain. As a continuation of the warssparked by the French Revolution of 1789, they revolutionized European armies and played out on an unprecedented scale, mainly owing to the application of modern mass conscription. French power rose quickly as Napoleon's armies conquered much of Europe but collapsed rapidly after France's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. Napoleon was defeated in 1814; he returned and was finally defeated in 1815 at Waterloo, and all France's gains were taken away by the victors.
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Vintage 1805
Alcohol 39.0 %
Button Wax shoulder button
Packaging No casing
Region Grande Champagne
Size 70 cl


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.

La Tour d'Argent

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La Tour D'Argent

La Tour D'Argent

Under the reign of Henry the 3rd, facing the wine docks just after the Saint-Bernard Gate, a certain Rourteau opened an elegant inn. The nearby Château de la Tournelle had been built with stones from the champagne region nearby that had some silvery reflections in the evening. It would give the establishment its name "L'Hôstellerie de La Tour d'Argent." Already used in some homes in Italy, the fork made its first appearance in France at the Tour d'Argent. 


Henry IV

It was a remarkable invention to prevent gentlemen from staining the immaculate fashionable ruff worn around the neck. Henry IV inaugurated the fantastic piece of cutlery at a much talked about dinner in Paris. From that evening onwards, the Tour d'Argent could not be ignored and Henry IV regularly came to savor the heron paté, which made the reputation of Rourteau, the owner of the establishment.



Henry IV granted La Tour d'Argent an emblem. The crest, "Cuisinier-oyer-traiteur", hung above the door of the inn till the reign of Louis XIV. The emblem of the restaurant was "a dish covered in sand accompanied by three crowns of ivy and sinople, completely in silver" while that of the inn was "a crenelated silver tower in a field of snap dragons". La Tour d'Argent remained the place to savor refined suppers.



With the turmoil of the Revolution a thing of the past, Lecoq, Head Chef of the imperial kitchens, re-built the restaurant in 1830. The establishment was once again celebrated by gourmets like the Duke de Mornay and the Countess le Hon, The Lady of the Camellias, and even Lord Seymour. 



La Tour d'Argent evolves, and the restaurant covers itself with luxurious wooden panels. A sumptuous forged gate marks the new entrance, moved from the number 15 on the Quai de la Tournelle to the corner of the Quai de la Tournelle and the rue du Cardinal Lemoine. André Terrail achieved what he had been planning for a long time. He added two floors to the building and heightened the Tour to the sixth floor to create the best panorama one could ever dream of.

architectural marvels

Architectural marvels

One can only appreciate the architectural marvels necessary to create the now familiar room, built on steel poles, without which the building would not have been able to hold the weight. To begin with, it was an open terrace, which was then closed off with an awning and then finally by huge bay windows. Gradually the Tour developed the structure it has today; the second room was open, the kitchens transferred to the sixth floor and a bigger lift was installed. 

Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Famous cognacs from the La Tour d'Argent wine cellar: 1800 La Tour d'Argent Grand Fine Champagne,1805 La Tour d'Argent Grande Champagne Terrail,1810 La Tour d'Argent Renault & Co Réserve, Grande Fine Champagne,1870 La Tour d'Argent A. Terrail, Grande Fine Champagne,1893 La Tour d'Argent Grande Fine Champagne.