Staub & Co A.

Cognac 1848 Staub & Co A.

Réserve, Fine Champagne, Domaine de Bonneford

Provenance: Christies, 3/6/1997

Cognac 1848 Staub & Co A. (6034)

Cognac Staub has been in the business of cognac and brandy since 1858. Still carrying the name of its founder, the cognac house is very much a forerunner of all things to do with the development and the export of brandies. Today Staub not only produces a range of cognacs and brandies, but also provides a tailor made service for those who want an individual product. To this end they cater for individual, complex blends, small barrel aging, and aging and validation procedures carried out by independent COFRAC-certified laboratories. Staub was one of the first people to step slightly aside from what was then accepted as standard cognac producing practice. Thus, when phylloxera swept through the vineyards in 1876, Staub had already stockpiled substantial reserves, and also spread his supply chain to drawing his product from vineyard areas less affected by the disease. Auguste Staub spent a great deal of time traveling, bringing his product to the attention of consumers and businesses in many different countries. In 1889 the company was awarded with a gold medal for its cognacs at the Paris Universal Exhibition. Today, Staub Cognac is well known across the globe. The company has particularly targeted regions such as Russia, West Africa, Hong Kong and the Caribbean, as well as many countries in Europe. 1848: The first-ever French presidential election of 1848 elected the first and only president of the Second Republic. The election was held on 10 December 1848 and led to the surprise victory of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte with 74% of the votes. The Second Republic of France is set up, ending the state of temporary government. In February Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) in London. Construction of the Washington Monument begins. This is an obelisk on the National Mall (a national park in downtown Washington, D.C.), built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the early Continental Army and the first American president. Construction of the monument began in 1848, was halted from 1854 to 1877, and was finally completed in 1884.

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Size 70 cl
Vintage 1848
Alcohol 40.0 %
Bottled 1940
Classification Réserve
Fill level High shoulder
Packaging Original carton box
Region Fine Champagne
Shape Cognaçaise

Cognac

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.

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History of the House A. Staub & Cie 

The company was founded in 1858 by Mr. Auguste Staub of Swiss origin of the canton of Bern. He has developed his activity internationally, as a tireless traveler, he has created stable and durable international relations, especially with Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. But in 1876, the terrible crisis of the phylloxera caused considerable havoc in the vineyard. Harvests become non-existent, and dangerously depleted stocks. 

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Shortage

Thanks to its substantial reserves, the company Staub escapes this terrible shortage and to renew them, artfully expands its supplies to vineyards less affected by the disease by planting its stills.  These vineyards, located in the North West and south of the present-day demarcated region of Cognac, produced quality white wines that were perfectly suitable for distilling. 

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Proven techniques

Coming out in part from the cradle of Cognac, Staub became in some way a precursor by elaborating the process to turn a fine eau de vie into cognac just by following the ancestral and proven techniques of cognac creating.

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Rewarded with a gold medal

Little by little, by the quality of the company's products and thanks to the energy of its promoter, Staub's name eventually became an accurate reference throughout Europe, rewarded with a gold medal at the Paris World Exposition in 1889. The last century the company developed by marketing its cognacs and wine Eaux-de-vies on all continents and especially in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, West Africa, and Russia. 

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Trading

Today, the company "Maison A. Staub & Cie" is one of the leading developing and exporters of brandies, and remains very active in the trading of Cognac.