Eschenauer & Co

Cognac 1870 Eschenauer & Co

Handwritten Christie's label, Grande Fine Champagne

Provenance: Christies London, 9/24/2004

  • Cognac 1870 Eschenauer & Co
  • Cognac 1870 Eschenauer & Co
$ 9,501.55
Vintage 1870
Alcohol 39.0 %
Button No button
Fill level High shoulder
Packaging No casing
Region Grande Fine Champagne
Shape Cognaçaise
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.

Eschenauer & Co

Louis Eschenauer was a German wine merchant from Alsace, who started his business in Bordeaux in 1821. He bought outstanding Cognac in barrels from producers, to store them further and have them bottled only after a long aging period, sometimes 40 to 50 years. With his son Frédéric taking over the business, thanks to his excellent wine knowledge and tasting skills, Eschenauer & Co becomes the most important merchant on the Place de Bordeaux during the 1870's. After Frédéric's death in 1899, his sons continue the business. Eschenauer 19th century Cognacs were distributed worldwide well into the 1930's.