Cognac Vieille Fine Champagne Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo - 1865
Vieille, Monte Carlo, Fine Champagne
Provenance: Christies London, 12/6/2001
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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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Legendary Cellar Beneath Monte Carlo
Like most principalities, Monaco is a country run as a business, and like any enterprising family, Monaco’s royal lineage has taken advantage of the idyllic surroundings and tax-free lifestyle with the creation of Société des Bains de Mer.
The hotel group is comprised of the decidedly more modern Monte Carlo Bay and Beach Club fit for summer family fun, as well as the five-star Hôtel Hermitage, and the iconic Hôtel de Paris, which sits adjacent to the Monte Carlo Casino.
Villa La Vigie
It is beneath the Hôtel de Paris where over 400,000 bottles of wine and spirits are kept under lock and key in a sprawling, subterranean cellar that services every one of the bars and eateries within the hotel group, which also happens to include Karl Lagerfeld’s former private residence, Villa La Vigie.
The cellar is meticulously organized using the same original system set in place when it was completed in 1874. At that time it was the most extensive hotel cellar in the world. Accessing these wines as a customer does not come easy.
The cellar has also played host to some epic moments in history, including the 20th wedding anniversary of Prince Rainier III and Princesses Grace. In April 1976, the couple assembled temporary tables for a subterranean dinner celebration where just a handful of lucky guests were privy to rare wines, many of which had endured World War II.
Protect the silverware
The hotel`s rare wine & spirits collection was famously hidden during the second world war. Behind seven layers of less critical inventory, which were constructed as a false wall to protect the hotel’s silverware, 20,000 expensive bottles, and the fortunes of some of the hotel’s distinguished guests from potential seizure.
It was reopened in 1945 by Sir Winston Churchill, who celebrated the occasion by sipping an 1811 rum.