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‘Rarest of the rare’ Cognac set for auction

One of the oldest authenticated vintages of Cognac in existence will go under the hammer at Bonhams in April this year.

A bottle of 1762 Gautier Cognac and a 1790 Cognac Grande Champagne from Napoleon Alexandre & Cie will go on sale at Bonhams in April

The auction house will host its ‘Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits’ sale on 30 April in New York, where a 1762 Gautier Cognac will feature.

Estimated to be worth US$20,000-US$25,000, the Cognac was bottled in 1840 and features a handwritten label.

Cognac house Gautier has been in operation since the early 1700s and received a royal warrant from King Louise XV in 1755.

Another vintage from the 18th century – 1790 Cognac Grande Champagne from Napoleon Alexandre & Cie – will also be available at the auction and has been valued at US$15,000-US$20,000.

“Very few 18th century vintages exist today, period,” said Joseph Hyman, whisky and rare spirits specialist for Bonhams. “When you factor in the exceptional condition of these two bottles, they really are the rarest of the rare.”

Bonhams’ ‘Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits’ sale will also feature a rare 1840 AE Dor, valued between US$5,500 and US$7,500; a Cognac Napoleon 1811 Grande Reserve, valued between US$3,000 and US$4,000; and a Rouyer Guillet Cognac 1865, valued between US$1,500 and US£2,000.

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