The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), the trade board responsible for promoting Cognac and its producers, recently held their annual La Part des Anges (The Angel’s Share) auction, raising a large amount of money for charity while auctioning off some world class Cognac to discerning buyers. In its 9th year, Cognac connoisseurs, retailers, trade, and members of the media from around the world congregated at the beautiful Abbaye de Bassac in the Charente region of France. The Abbey, founded in the 11th century, provided a stunning backdrop for the auction and one that would be fit for a queen. Or, perhaps, Sarah, Duchess of York, who was in attendance as her charity Children in Crisis was one of the two beneficiaries for the night’s auction lots. The other was Restaurants du Cœur (Restaurants of Love), which works to provide meals for the needy.
Each lot included just one bottle, aside from a select few like the lot from Prince Hubert de Polignac, which was a demi-john’s worth of late 1800’s Cognac that would fill 12 bottles. 25 unique and incredibly limited Cognac lots were offered, many coming in one-of-a-kind Baccarat and Lalique decanters and could leave home with anyone so long as they were the lucky high bidder.
When all was said and done, the event raised over $301,500 USD for charity, breaking the record for what they had raised in previous years. All of the funds raised will be going to charity.
The biggest lot of the night was from Rémy Martin with their 290th Anniversary Coupe which raised just shy of $50,000 USD. This Cognac is exclusively Grande Champagne Cognac and highlights some of the oldest and rarest Cognacs from Rémy Martin’s stocks.
The night’s other top lots were:
Prince Hubert de Polignac – Polignac Ancestral – $32,800
This ancient demi-john was pulled from the Paradis of Prince Hubert de Polignac and contains Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie. Polignac Ancestral was to be decanted for the winning bidder into 12 70cl bottles.
Hennessy Édition Particulieré – $26,500
Hennessy offered a blend of Hors d’Age quality eaux-de-vie for their bottle of Edition Particuliere. This rare blend combines carefully selected eaux-de-vie over 100 year old that are kept in tiercon French oak barrels before being bottled in a Baccarat decanter.
Martell The Queen’s Decanter – $7,500
Martell offered The Queen’s Decanter, which drew its inspiration from the Cordon Bleu decanter that was presented to Queen Elisabeth during her visit to France in 1957. Martell’s Cellar Master used an exceptional 1929 Grande Champagne eau-de-vie that was included in the original blend for the Queen to be used in this blend that ended up on the auction block.
Hardy “Hommage” Carafe Lalique Tréves – $15,700
This absolutely unique Cognac is called “Hommage” Carafe Lalique Tréves and features a Lalique decanter made by Marc Lalique himself in 1955. The Cognac is very old Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie born before the second World War that Francis Hardy selected to create the first “ Noces d’Or ” Cuvée in the early 70’s, which at the time had already spent 50 years in a barrel. This lot was to pay tribute to Francis Hardy.
HINE Millésime 1964 – $14,145
This vintage bottle celebrates HINE’s 1964 vintage, whose bottle and presentation case are decorated by the prestigious House of Arthus-Bertrand. It is made exclusively of Grande Champagne Cognac.