Cognac 1812 Napoléon
Impérial wax shoulder button, Magnum
Provenance: Private purchase, 4/1/1997
The youngest brother of Napoleon I, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, lived between November 15, 1784 and June 24, 1860. He ruled as Jerome I, King of Westphalia, between 1807 and 1813. From 1816, he bore the title of Prince of Montfort. After 1848, when his nephew, Louis Napoleon, became President of the French Second Republic, he served in several official government roles, including Marshal of France from 1850 onward, and President of the Senate in 1852.
Other events in this period:
Napoleon authorizes the usage of Mesures usuelles, the basis of the Metric System. The metric system is an internationally agreed decimal system of measurement that was originally based on the mètre des Archives and the kilogramme des Archivesintroduced by France in 1799 Over the years, the definitions of the metre and kilogram have been refined • Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Niemen River and invades Russia. In October he begins his retreat from Moscow.
|Button||Glass shoulder button|
|Fill level||High shoulder|
|Size||1.5 L (Magnum)|
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.