Ask Sid: Old Cognac?

May 6th, 2015
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How much is this bottle of old cognac worth?

Question: I recently inherited a cognac Napoleon grande fine champagne 1808 bottle and don’t know anything about it. I’d like you to help me with some info and value.

Answer: Nice old treasure! Not getting any better in the bottle though so needs to be opened and cherished over several evenings with friends or sent to an auction for sale. Need more information to be able to give you a more specific answer including the house brand and when it was bottled. Grande Champagne is the top of the 6 sub-areas with differences based on factors such as soil, climate, and nearness to the sea which affects the characteristics of the spirit. The old Folle Blanche & St. Emilion grapes often were blended from different years and vineyards in a solera type system for a house style with the oldest here probably from the year 1808. Possible it could be a Vintage Cognac from 1808 but seems unlikely unless you have this further information confirming it. In any case it is very unique and valuable. Similar ones from the early 1800s have sold at auction for several thousand dollars. Check it out.

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