The single harvest 1858 Cognac Croizet, Cuvée Léonie was declared the world’s most expensive Cognac after a bottle was sold in an auction in September 2011. It has now come to the American market at Financial District Wine and Liquor in New York City. One bottle of the exclusive and rare cognac will cost you $156,700. It is not a special edition packaging but the original hand blown bottles in which the cognac was bottled way back in 1859. There is even dust and dirt on the bottles as they have been sitting in the Paradis cave for over 150 years. Lee Tachman, owner of Financial District Wine and Liquor is impressed by the fact that Croizet was able to resist the temptation to transfer this magnificent Cognac into a fancy modern bottle.
Financial District Wine and Liquor Was Chosen as the Seller in US
Gennady Agrest, President of Croizet Cognac Americas pointed out that it was important for them to choose the right seller for such a premium product and he was happy that they chose Financial District Wine and Liquor because its owner Lee Tachman understood the brand well and appreciated its history. He is into high end liquor and has an impressive collection of premium wines and liquors. Over the years he has built a reputation and a client base who understand fine wine and can afford it. Agrest expects the buyer1858 Cognac Croizet to be a self-made person buying a gift for himself or herself, a colleague or perhaps a charity that could organize bidding for this expensive bottle.
Prospective Buyers Can Spend Time With the Bottle
Croizet Cognac Americas has built up a significant inventory that includes Haut Brion, Petrus, and other years of Croizet Cognac including the 1883 and 1889. Lee Tachman pointed out that they have put in extra measures of security. Access to the bottle is given with prior appointment only. The prospective buyers can spend time with the precious bottle. The vineyards that gave the 1858 harvest are located in the Grande Champagne and has been held by the Croizet family since the 16th century. In fact they are one of only three Cognacs that has never lost the right to commercialize single vintage Cognacs. The company has not clarified as to how many bottles of 1858 Cuvée Léonie they are holding in their cellar. Even if they have more they are sure to release them slowly and selectively.