Don’t worry, we don’t mean into tiny pieces – phew! But the current holder of the world’s greatest cognac collection, Michel Gillet from Montreal, Canada, is teetering on the verge of being toppled from his throne.
The Rotary de Cognac and Jarnac have brought together a magnificent collection of more than 950 different bottles of cognac and the total is still rising. The goal is 1000 bottles which, if reached, will see the two service clubs deplace Mr Gillet from the Guinness Book of Records as the largest collection in the world.
Once the collection is complete, it will be displayed for several weeks at the Cognac Museum of Arts before being auctioned off for charity.
It has taken 2 years for the clubs to convince merchants and distillers to make gifts of various bottles and to gather information on each bottle. The job of creating a bilingual catalogue of the complete collection falls to Xavier Boinaud, and this will be presented to wealthy collectors worldwide to seduce them into attending and purchasing at the auction.
Pic: Photo J.-P. C. Charente Libre