Cognac 1848 Staub & Co A.
Réserve, Fine Champagne, Domaine de Bonneford
Provenance: Christies, 3/6/1997
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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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.