The Rotary Clubs of Cognac and Jarnac have been working for some time now to amass a collection of Cognacs worthy to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records. It took three years in total for the collection to be brought together under all the conditions of the British Rotary Society.
They achieved this late last year, when official representatives from the Rotary Club, along with officials from the BNIC, took over seven hours to examine and count all the bottles. The 1008 bottle collection was then displayed at the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire in Cognac from November to January. It was viewed by over 2,700 people during this time.
During this time the application for entry into the Guinness Book of Records was translated and sent to London. This week, the Rotary Clubs received the formal paperwork to confirm that this was indeed the largest collection of Cognacs in the world at present. They trounced the competition, as the last entry was owned by a Canadian collector with a total of 367 bottles.
The next step is to now sell the collection as a single batch, and the goal is to complete this by June 30 2013. The lot will be auctioned, with a starting price is a hefty €300,000 euros. The sale will be held in the Mercure Hotel in Cognac, the Rotary Club’s HQ, and will take place once enough bids have been received.
Anticipation is already starting to generate, and contact has been made with both Chinese and Russian collectors. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Club to finance charitable projects.