We acquired this cognac from a merchant in 1999. The archives mention it under the name “Petite Champagne Paror” and we were able to follow its history for a few years from 1918, when World War I ended.
Then the cognac disappears completely during the years of the German occupation. In 1946 however, it re-emerges and we can follow its history again. But, it disappears soon afterwards in the archives until the 1970s when it reappears again… The cognac is mentioned in the archive from this date on under its original denomination.
We bought all the stock, 285 litres. It is one of our most precious treasures and for this reason, only available in very small quantities.
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.