Cognac 1834 Raynal & Co
Louis Saulnier, Grande Champagne
Provenance: Private purchase, 1/1/1985
Raynal & Co, Louis Saulnier, Grande Champagne, 70 cl. The number 3 is prevalent throughout our company’s history and several legends have arisen surrounding the origin of the icon of the three barrel s. Some say it refers to the maximum amount of barrels that smugglers could carry on their boats during Napoleon’s blockade of the British Isles. Others, that it represents the alliance of fire, water and earth: elements integral to the production of the best eaux-de-vie. 1834: Slavery is abolished in the British Empire by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. The Liberal Wars end in Portugal. The Palace of Westminster is destroyed by fire. The palace is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. Thomas Davenport, the inventor of the first American DC electrical motor, installs his motor in a small model car, creating one of the first electric cars.
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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.