Cognac 1825 Brossault & Co
Réserve Royale, Bordeaux, Glass shoulder button
Provenance: Christies, 7/9/1978
Brossault & Cie was one of the major cognac houses during the 19th century, and although they unfortunately disappeared from the market, this bottle is one of the finest preserved old vintages on the market. Despite that the spirit has lost somewhat of its alcohol, the aromas are still overwhelmingly rich, with hints of mahogany and eucalyptus.
Other events in this period:
In 1825 John Quincy Adams succeeds James Monroe as President of the United States • Simón Bolívar gives up his title of dictator of Peru and takes the alternative title of El Libertador • Charles X of France recognizes Haiti, 21 years after it expelled the French following the successful Haitian Revolution, and demands the payment of 150 million gold francs, 30 million of which Haiti must finance through France itself, as down payment.
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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.
Brossault & Cie
Brossault & Cie was one of the major cognac houses during the 19th century.