The label shows Mac Mahon (1808-1893) who was the 3rd French president from 1873 to 1879.

When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you notice is that each bottle has a different age specific rating. Get an overview of every Cognac age category in our online shop. A VSOP Cognac is where the youngest brandy in the blend is aged for at least four years in barrels. At that time it was very common to take advantage of using such additives. Other designations for VSOP are “Reserve” or simply “Old”.

Extremely rare 18th century vintage in a wonderful crudely hand-blown bottle.

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The expression XO was used for the first time in 1870.

An XO Cognac can also be called “Napoleon” or “Old Reserve.” (Just to add to the confusion…) – Cognac Napoleon A Cognac described as a Napoleon is equal to an XO in terms of age.

The boundaries of this area were set down in 1909 and have been subdivided into seven divisions of varying quality. All cognac is made from wine that is fermented from whole grapes - flesh, skins, seeds and all. The original Cognac vineyards - which are believed to date back to Roman times, were chiefly planted with Folle Blanche, a thin-skinned grape variety, highly prone to mildew and rot, but which in good vintages produces a brandy of incomparable perfume and character.

The resulting wine is double-distilled in pot stills, and the heart of the second distillation is destined to become cognac. Under huge financial pressure, when it come to re-planting the vineyards after phyloxera, the Cognac growers replanted with grafted Ugni Blanche, which yields a less interesting brandy, but is much higher yielding and easier to grow.

Léon Croizet started to produce his own cognac in 1805.

Due to this enviable position, Croizet was amongst a select group of only 3 cognac houses allowed to continue selling Vintage cognacs in 1963.

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The bottom label says: "Bottle graciously offered by the French president Patrice de Mac Mahon, duke of Magenta, Marshal of France and his spouse Elisabeth Charlotte Sophie de La Croix de Castries on the occasion of the grand opening of the 1878 Paris World Fair".

The Prunier family, established in Cognac in the early 1800's, was and is still producing a very esteemed cognac. The vintage 1820 appears on the neck seal, the label and also the cork.