Cognac 1940 de Luze & Fils A.
V.S.O., Presumed 1940's, Grande Champagne, Bottled in the late 1970's (presumed)
Provenance: Christies Paris, 11/25/2003
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.
Luze & Fils, A. de
De Luze Cognac is a cognac house founded in 1822 by Alfred De Luze and is now based in Angeac-Champagne Charente. It was in 1817 that the brothers De Luze Alfred and Louis Philippe, travelled to the New World and founded an import agency De Luze LP & Co. in New York. After years of success, Alfred returned to France in order to provide his brother, Louis Philippe, with the best French products. In 1822 Alfred founded the trading company A. De Luze & Fils. The house De Luze is still a family owned business since the Boinaud Family acquired the company in 2006.