Cognac 1809 Brand unknown
Provenance: Christies, 5/20/1999
A 1809 Fine Champagne Cognac, 70 cl. The blending of Grande and Petite Champagne with a minimum of 50% of Grande Champagne is called “Fine Champagne”. In 1809 there were several victories: the French victory over Spain, Portugal and Austria. 1809: James Madison succeeds Thomas Jefferson as the President of the United States. Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States (territories in the Italian peninsula under the sovereign direct rule of the pope) to the French Empire. When he announces that the Pope's secular power has ended, the Pope excommunicates him. From the time of his election as pope to the fall of Napoleon in 1815, Pius VII's reign was completely taken up in dealing with France. He and the Emperor were continually in conflict, often involving the French military leader's wishes for concessions to his demands.
|Fill level||High shoulder|
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.