Grosperrin acquired this cognac in 1999 and it is certainly one of the oldest they have. The previous owner was an old cognac merchant family. It remained in the same cellar for many decades, and Jean stored it under state control (O.R.E.C.O) when we became the owners. Wooden box.
This alcohol level of this cognac reduced for many years in anticipation of bottling which never took place and dropped gradually to 33.2% until 1999 when Jean stored it in a demi-john. According to French law, a cognac must have a minimum of 40%. Nevertheless, the quality of this cognac is divine and the only possibility to offer it to the market was to blend it with another cognac to raise the degree. We did this with our Grande Champagne N° 24 and the alcohol content is now 40%.
Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin – Artisanal Vintages - Jean Grosperrin worked as a cognac broker in the Cognac region. A broker in eaux-de-vie plays a very discreet yet strategic role between the producer and the buyer. His job is to evaluate the quality of the eaux-de-vie and to introduce interested parties to each other. His profession takes him to many cellars to estimate the value of different batches, among which there are sometimes some very old cognacs. Practically all vine growers distil their own harvest and they usually conserve, as former generations have done before them, some barrels of cognac in their cellars. These family treasures are very rarely up for sale and the transactions are very confidential. It is these cognacs, sometimes very atypical with strong personalities that Jean and his son Guilhem (since 2004) seek to obtain in all the appellations of Cognac. And digging into documents, family histories allows for description and anecdotes on each cognac which makes great reading. Tasting Notes are precise, to the point, short, not at all the excessive praise and lies. And their selections and vintages are astonishing. Success means, that supplies run out often.