Cognac collectors on a global scale will be delighted at some of the lots due to come under the hammer at two upcoming Christies Auctions. The first is the Bacchus & Tobaccos Fine and Rare Wines Sale, that’s being held in Geneva, Switzerland, on the 13th and 14th of November
The second has been announced by Christies as “an unprecedented sale of ancient cognacs from the Parisian landmark, La Tour d’Argent.” A dining destination that’s played host to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Paul McCartney, Coco Chanel and Grace Kelly, not to mention various emperors and French royalty, the restaurant has a history dating back to 1582.
The sale will offer cognac connoisseurs the unique opportunity to get their hands on some extremely rare treasures from its world famous wine cellar.
Bacchus & Tobaccos Fine and Rare Wines Sale
The lots due to be auctioned in Geneva include an extensive array of rare cognacs, whisky and cigars, with the eaux-de-vie coming from the private collection of a revered cognac collector.
The ‘piece de la resistance’ of the sale is a bottle of Saulnier Freres Grande Fine Champagne Cognac from 1789 – the year of the French revolution.
The cognacs are part of a collection that’s taken over three decade to acquire, and is universally accepted to include a comprehensive selection of “some of the greatest 19th century spirits ever to have been produced.”
These include magnums of Chabanneau Grande Fine Champagne 1811 Cognac, as well as other eaux-de-vie from this era and also various rare armagnacs.
Head of the Christies sale, Michael Ganne, has described the cognac collection as “historical and extremely rare.”
The two day sale is expected to make a combined total of over .3 million Swiss Francs.
The pre-sale estimate for the Saulnier Freres 1789 is between 15,000 – 25,000 Swiss Francs – but let’s see. If auctions held over the past few years are anything to go by, this could realise a whole lot more than the price expected.
La Tour d’Argent Sale
Also being run by Christies, and due to take place on the 13th and 14th of December, the auction will feature around 180 lots, to include cognacs, armagnacs and calvados, along with rums and port.
One of the signature items of the sale will be a 2.5 litre bottle of La Tour d’Argent 1805 Grande Fine Champagne Cognac. This has a pre-sale estimate of between €12,300 – €18,450.
And the auction also has the distinction of offering one of the oldest bottles of cognac ever to be sold by Christies, a Vieux Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Close de Griffier Cafe Anglais 1788. Pre sale estimate for this treasure is around €4,920.
However, the 180 lots will not make much of a dent in the world famous wine cellar of La Tour d’Argent, where an estimated 400,000 bottles are housed – closely guarded on a 24-hour basis.
In total, the sale is expected to realise an income of around €197,000.
Sources: http://ph.omg.yahoo.com, http://www.christies.com