There are expensive Cognacs. And then there are expensive Cognacs! The world record holder, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is an 1858 Cuvée Leonie by Cognac Croizet. And, if your bank balance will stretch to it, there’s a bottle available to purchase in the US.

Owned by rare spirit dealer, Lee Tachman, the bottle is still clothed in its original packaging – which includes dust that’s hundreds of years old. Tachman says that the bottle is legendary, and that “one of these bottles is said to be opened by Eisenhower… while he was planning the D-Day invasions. They took one out of France, smuggle it, and they opened one”.


The bottle hit the headlines as the most expensive ever when it sold at auction in September 2011 for a cool $156,760. And being as Tachman deals in rarities such as these, we’re pretty sure that the next owner will have to part with somewhat more than this amount to own it.

One thing that makes it so special, apart from the provenance and history, is the fact that this is a pre-phylloxera blend.


If you fancy a glimpse of this treasure, Tachman’s liquor shop can be found in the Financial District of New York City, in the aptly named “Financial District Wine & Liquor”.



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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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    Scott domnie

    I have a bottle of the 50 year anniversary croizet cognac in the bacarra crystal decanter. think it was a rebottled 1897 some one said. I would like to sell, can someone please give me a value?

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