Cognac 1893 Camus Fine Champagne
Extra Vielle, Grande Fine Champagne, with Additional Stopper
Provenance: Christie's Amsterdam, 11/2/1999
|Fill level||Top shoulder|
|Region||Grande Fine Champagne|
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.
Camus & Co(We currently have no information available on this brand)
Camus & Co
For their cognacs, they prefer a light style. For this purpose, they have significant quantities of borderies cognac at their disposal, which always makes up for at least 10% in a blend. The grande and petite champagne wines are distilled on the lees according to tradition to obtain as much taste and intensity as possible, but the borderies wines are filtered and distilled without the lees for more delicacy. The Eaux-de-vie does not stay too long in young casks and after several months, or one year max, is transferred into older barrels. To oxygenate the liquid, regular transfer of the eau-de-vie to other barrels is essential. The result is an elegant dry cognac with less woodiness and more flavors.