Cognac 1815 Maxim's, Caves du Restaurant
Napoléon, Presumed 1815, Grande Fine Champagne, Imperial glass shoulder button 'N'
Provenance: Artus, 12/15/2012
1815 Maxim's Grande Fine Champagne, 70 cl. Maxim’s in Paris has been founded as a bistro in 1893 by Maxime Gaillard, formerly a waiter. It became one of the most popular and fashionable restaurants in Paris under its next owner, Eugene Cornuché. He gave the dining room its Art Nouveau decor and made sure that it was always filled with beautiful women. The restaurant was also immensely popular with the international celebrities such as Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, the Duke of Windsor, Brigitte Bardot (she created a scandal when she entered the restaurant with bare feet), Jeanne Moreau, Barbra Streisand. Fashion designer Pierre Cardin bought Maxim’s and he created an Art Nouveau museum. 1815: Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba and returns to France. The last conflict in the Napoleonic Wars is the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo with the permanent exile of Napoleon to the distant island of Saint Helena, where he died in May 1821. William I becomes King of the Netherlands.
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.