Lichtwitz & Co

Cognac 1910 Lichtwitz & Co

Grand Fine Champagne, Napoléon,

Provenance: Catawiki, 7/15/2016

E. Lichtwitz & Co., the company that bottled this cognac, was first founded in 1861 in Troppau (now Opava), then the Austro-Hungarian empire. Emanuel Lichtwitz founded a distillery there were he made liqueurs like kümmel, cream liqueurs and there speciality, a herb-infused cognac called "Jungbrunnen." The company did so well that they became a purveyor to the Austro-Hungarian emperor. The company also imported wines and cognac. To secure supplies apparently, two of Emanual Lichtwitz's sons settled in Bourdeaux and in 1875 started a business in buying and exporting wine and cognacs there: that's why the label says "seuls concessionairs" - dealers only. The firm did well, but as they were Jewish, many of the family lost their lives during World War II. in 1948 the new Soviet Government in Troppau nationalised the E. Lichtwitz company. The French branch of the company seems to have been active for a while but disappeared as well in the 1950s. This bottle was probably among left-over stock of the disappeared E. Lichtwitz company, that was exported to Portugal.
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Size 70 cl
Vintage 1910
Vintage text Presumed 1910's
Alcohol 40.0 %
Bottled 1930
Button Glass shoulder button
Classification Napoléon
Fill level Low shoulder
Region Grande Fine Champagne
Shape Cognaçaise


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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