We acquired this cognac in 1999 and it is certainly one of the oldest we have. The previous owner was an old cognac merchant family. It remained in the same cellar for many decades, and Jean stored it under state control (ORECO) when we became the owners. This alcohol level of this cognac reduced for many years in anticipation of bottling which never took place and dropped gradually to 33.2% until 1999 when Jean stored it in a demi-john. According to French law a cognac must have a minimum of 40%.
Nevertheless, the quality of this cognac is divine and the only possibility to offer it to the market was to blend it with another cognac to rise the degree. We did this with our Grande Champagne N° 24 and the alcohol content is now 40%.
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