Salignac & Co

Cognac 1865 de Salignac & Co L.

Grande Champagne, Glass shoulder button

Provenance: Christies South Kensington, 12/11/2000

Cognac 1865 de Salignac & Co L. (6231)

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Vintage 1865
Alcohol 39.0 %
Button Glass wax shoulder button
Fill level Top shoulder
Packaging No casing
Region Grande Champagne
Seal Original cork
Shape Bell-shaped Squat
Size 70 cl


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.

Salignac & Co

Salignac is property of Courvoisier (which in turn is owned by Beam Inc.) and can be regarded as a secundary brand of Courvoisier.
In the first half of the 19th century Pierre-Antoine de Salignac had some very innovative ideas. He wanted to challenge the three giants (Martell, Hennessy and Otard-Dupuy) by focussing on the quality of his products. He ganged up with several hunderds of winegrowers to form the Société Propriétaires Vinicoles de Cognac. He then started classifying his cognacs by district (like they did in Bordeaux) and suggested to age cognacs longer. As a result sales went up and so did the sales prices. Around 1870 Salignac and his Société Propriétaires Vinicoles de Cognac was the second biggest firm, only surpassed by Hennessy.

Source: CognacTon