‘World’s oldest’ Cognac opened in PolandBy Kristiane Sherry
What is thought to be the world’s oldest Cognac sold at auction was opened in Poland recently to inaugurate a partnership between a Swiss watchmaker and a corporate collector.
The Gautier Cognac was purchased by collector Wealth Solutions in 2014 during an auction of rare wines and liquors organised by Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in New York.
The bottle itself dates back to 1762 and was recognised as the oldest Cognac sold at public auction to-date when it went under the hammer.
It was opened during a ceremony to mark the partnership between Wealth Solutions and Armin Strom, a Swiss watchmaker. The results of the partnership will be displayed at the next Basel World Fair, the leading timepiece event, held in March 2016.
The ceremony took place on 4 November at Hotel Bristol in Warsaw in the presence of a notary public. It was attended by Sebastian Marten, head of sales and marketing at Armin Strom, Maciej Kossowski, president of the management board of Wealth Solutions, Michał Kowalski, deputy president of Wealth Solutions, Łukasz Baranowski, deputy president of Wealth Solutions, and Edward Bates, expert at Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC).
Back in 2014, London hotel The Wellesley purchased what it claims was the world’s oldest bottle of Cognac, a the 70 cl bottle of Coutanseaux 1767, worth approximately £100,000.