Cognac 1951 Croizet B. Léon
Récolte, Original wooden case
Provenance: Sotheby's Paris, 2/18/1997
Actual bottle may differ slightly from picture. The House of Cognac Croizet is one of cognac’s oldest companies. Founded by Léon Croizet in 1805, the brand is recognized around the world. Made with due respect to traditions, Croizet cognacs owe their distinctive style to their unique geographical origin – Grande Champagne. At the end of the 19th Century after the disease Phylloxera, B. Léon Croizet refused to let his estate die away. Instead, he planted experimental vines from America. 1951: In a court in West Germany, Ilse Koch, The "Witch of Buchenwald", wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment. The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified. NATO accepts Greece and Turkey as members.
|Button||Glass wax shoulder button|
|Fill level||Base neck|
|Packaging||Original wooden case|
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.