It’s a delight to see the creations provided by the cognac houses for the annual La Part des Anges auction.  And it seems that the cellar masters manage to surpass themselves year on year.  The 2014 offering from the House of Hardy Cognac certainly steps up to the mark.

This is a cognac dedicated to Francis Hardy, Maitre de Chai at the house from 1946 to 1973, before embarking on a political career that saw him standing as Mayor of Cognac for 20 years.


It’s a Grande Champagne cognac, blended from premier cru eaux-de-vie dating to before the Second World War.  When Hardy began sampling the wines that were to become part of this cognac at the beginning of the 1970s, they were already aged over 50 years.

The cognac is presented in a gorgeous Crystal decanter Lalique.  It’s modelled on a design created by Marc Lalique in 1965.  This in turn is safely encased in a tactile walnut casket.

The estimate for ‘Carafe Hommage’ to reach at auction is around 6000 Euros.  Cognac Expert will naturally update you with the finishing price of this and all the other Cognacs on offer just as soon as the auction is over.

La Part des Anges is due to take place on the 18th September, 2014.  Now an annual event in the cognac calendar since 2006, this BNIC run event is important for both the cognac houses and collectors.  Read more here about the exciting 2013 event.  It appears that this year’s is set to be even more of an occasion…

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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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