Calvet & Co J.

Cognac 1900 Calvet & Co J.

Grande Champagne

Provenance: Christies, 4/20/2000

  • Cognac 1900 Calvet & Co J.
  • Cognac 1900 Calvet & Co J.
  • Cognac 1900 Calvet & Co J.
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Vintage 1900
Alcohol 40.0 %
Button No button
Fill level Top shoulder
Packaging No casing
Region Grande Champagne
Shape Paillarde
Size 70 cl

Cognac

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.

Calvet & Co J.

The firm was established in 1818 by Jean-Marie Calvet (born 1789) in Tain l’Hermitage in the Rhône valley. In his twenties, he traveled a lot in France to learn the wine production process and trade of the different wine districts. In 1818 he set up shop as a wine-merchant, and five years later he already had an operational branch in Bordeaux. In 1868 they started to sell cognacs as well, but the central focus has always been on wines. As a wine business, they were very successful, as can be deduced by Calvet Castle in Médoc, a magnificent building in Louis XVI style with 16.000 square meters of wine cellars, built by his son Octave in 1870.

 

In 1982 Calvet lost its independence. They became a subsidiary of the Whitbread Group, and not much later was consumed by the Allied Domecq Group. But in 1997 they managed to regain their independence again for a rather short period under the leadership of Jack Drounau, former general manager at Martell. In 2003 Henri Mounier acquired a majority share of the brand. They used it for expansion in the UK and Japan. In November 2006 Mounier sold his majority share to Les Grands Chais de France. They aimed to become the leading brand of Bordeaux wines in the world. Jack Drounau still owned his minority share and stayed on as manager. On some time in history, Calvet owned a distillery in Cognac on the rue de la Poudière and a distillery in Jonzac on the avenue de la Gare (today called rue Alsace Lorraine). Today the Calvet brand only exists for wines, although they still produce cognacs, under a different brand name: Commanderie de Richemont, made in collaboration with Les Grands Chais de France. It is still possible to find some excellent old vintages of Calvet cognac on auction sites.

Calvet & Co J.

Calvet & Co J.

The firm was established in 1818 by Jean-Marie Calvet (born 1789) in Tain l’Hermitage in the Rhône valley. In his twenties, he traveled a lot in France to learn the wine production process and trade of the different wine districts. In 1818 he set up shop as a wine-merchant, and five years later he already had an operational branch in Bordeaux. 

Cognac

Cognac

In 1868 they started to sell cognacs as well, but the central focus has always been on wines. As a wine business, they were very successful, as can be deduced by Calvet Castle in Médoc, a magnificent building in Louis XVI style with 16.000 square meters of wine cellars, built by his son Octave in 1870.

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Allied Domecq Group

In 1982 Calvet lost its independence. They became a subsidiary of the Whitbread Group, and not much later was consumed by the Allied Domecq Group. But in 1997 they managed to regain their independence again for a rather short period under the leadership of Jack Drounau, former general manager at Martell. 

Les Grands Chais de France

Les Grands Chais de France

In 2003 Henri Mounier acquired a majority share of the brand. They used it for expansion in the UK and Japan. In November 2006 Mounier sold his majority share to Les Grands Chais de France. They aimed to become the leading brand of Bordeaux wines in the world. Jack Drounau still owned his minority share and stayed on as manager. 

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Commanderie de Richemont

On some time in history, Calvet owned a distillery in Cognac on the rue de la Poudière and a distillery in Jonzac on the avenue de la Gare (today called rue Alsace Lorraine). Today the Calvet brand only exists for wines, although they still produce cognacs, under a different brand name: Commanderie de Richemont, made in collaboration with Les Grands Chais de France. It is still possible to find some excellent old vintages of Calvet cognac on auction sites.