Andrew A. Watt and Company

Cognac 1868 Andrew A. Watt and Company

Presumed 1868, Old Brown Brandy

Provenance: Christies, 4/27/1998

Landed & bonded in Customs Warehouse, 6th April 1870. Duty paid and bottled. June 1890

$ 6,549.00

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Size 70 cl
Vintage 1868
Vintage text Presumed 1868
Alcohol 40.0 %
Bottled 1890
Classification Old Brown Brandy


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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