Cognac 1915 Rouyer Guillet & Co
Rouyer Guillet, Impérial Brandy, Presumed 1915, Bottled mid 1950's
Provenance: Sotheby's Paris, 11/10/1998
Rouyer, Guillet & Co is a very old company founded in the town of Cognac in 1701. The families Rouyer and Guillet started working together in 1801 as a result of marriage. In the same year the company also moved to the town Saintes and the name changed to Rouyer, Guillet & Co, which later became Rouyer-Guillet. After 1900, the company took over almost all the companies in Saintes one by one in order to expand the company even more.
|Vintage text||Presumed 1915|
|Fill level||Top shoulder|
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.