Cognac 1830 Le Maine
Provenance: Drouot-R, 1/25/1998
Cognac 1830 Le Maine, 70 cl. 1830: France invades Algeria. The revolution of July 1830 created a constitutional monarchy. On August 2, Charles X and his son abdicated their rights to the throne and departed for Great Britain. A distant cousin, Louis Philippe was placed on the throne. He agreed to rule as a constitutional monarch. This period became known as the July Monarchy. This renewed French Revolution lead to separation and the establishment of the Kingdom of Belgium. The United States Congress passes the Indian Removal Act, authorizing the President to negotiate with Native Americans in the United States for their removalfrom their ancestral homelands.
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.