A reader has a bottle of very Old Cognac Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne, it says Piercel de Saint-Jacques on the label.
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There is no back label, and the front label is barely legible. You can see the words “Cognac Napoleon” (barely) and the words “Grande Fine Champagne” underneath. One does not see a vintage year on the bottom line, but it does say “E. Piercel de Saint-Jacques”
This bottle was donated to sell in an upcoming charity fine wine auction, and is currently being held in our fine wine cellar until the event.
The bottle has never been opened. There is some missing from the top, but the bottle is over 200 years old and the missing brandy is due to evaporation. The cork deteriorated so they had sealing wax put in for the closure.
There is a letter “N” on the glass bottle that stands for Napoleon. The donor’s father-in-law passed away during WWII, and her mother-in-law remarried Raymond Bell. Mr. Bell was an American that moved to Mexico and became a wealthy cattle rancher. He purchased many bottles of Napoleon brandy, and our donor recalls enjoying it during their visits to the Mexican ranch in the 1950s. In 1961, Mr. Bell passed away and our donor and her husband went to his estate and brought back one bottle of Napoleon brandy. She has had this bottle for 50 years!
Our reader would like to find out more about this bottle, of course. What is the value, the potential sales price of this old bottle of cognac?