|Absinthe Premier Fils 65%
An exceptional absinthe bottle: an intact ABSINTHE PREMIER FILS, one of the greatest brands
of the Belle Epoque era. As you’ll see in the photos, it has the complete original branded
capsule, quite wonderful!
|Comoz "Absinthe des Alpes"
Established in 1870 in Chambery in the Savoie region, C. Comoz specialized in a unique
vermouth blanc (white vermouth) and an equally remarkable absinthe "Absinthe des Alpes",
based on a local recipe, and using mountain herbs.
The absinthe is extremely pale amber in colour, and louches almost white. My belief is that
this absinthe was originally a blanche, and the slight colour now is simply a result of a century
of ageing. It's not possible to say this with absolute certainty, it may instead have been an
exceptionally pale verte. The aroma and flavour of this absinthe are quite wonderful, very
floral, licorice root and green anise of the very finest quality are both noticeable, the louche
is thick and rich, and yet the absinthe has an extraordinarily refined feel in the mouth, very
feminine and perfumed in character. Really quite remarkable!
|Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"
This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Comte Georges de Vogüé, Georges Roumier
|Domaine de la Romanée Conti
In 1232, the Abbey of Saint Vivant in Vosne acquired 1.8 hectares of vineyard. In 1631 it was bought by
the de Croonembourg family, who renamed it Romanée for reasons unknown. At the same time they
acquired the adjacent vineyeard of La Tâche. In 1760, André de Croonembourg decided to sell the
domaine and it became the subject of a bidding war between Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis
XV of France, and her bitter enemy Louis François Ier de Bourbon, prince de Conti. The prince won, paying
the massive sum of 8000 livres, and the vineyard became known as Romanée-Conti. But come the
Revolution, the prince's land was seized and auctioned off. The Romanée-Conti vineyard was bought by
Nicolas Defer de la Nouerre, who in 1819 sold it to Julien Ouvrard for 78,000 francs. In 1869 it was bought
by Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet, who went on to build the domaine we know today with the acquisition
of the holdings in Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux and Richebourg. The 9.43 hectares of Romanée
Saint-Vivant were bought in 1791 by Nicolas-Joseph Marey, son-in-law of the geometrist Gaspard Monge.
The Marey-Monge family sold off part of their holdings to the Latour family in 1898, leased the remaining
5.28 hectares to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1966, and finally sold to the domaine in 1988. This last
deal was financed by the sale and leaseback of the domaine's holdings in Echezeaux and some in Grands
Echezeaux. As one of Napoleon's generals, Louis Liger-Belair was well-placed to acquire good vineyards.
And from 1815 this he did - with his son Louis-Charles, he amassed 40 hectares of prime land, including
all of La Tâche. By 1933 this had declined to 24 hectares and family squabbles over an inheritance led to
the Liger-Belair's sale of La Tâche to the domaine. The domaine already owned 4 hectares of the adjacent
Les Gaudichots vineyard from the Duvault-Blochet days, and after much legal wrangling in 1936 this and
La Tâche, were combined into a single Grand cru monopole of La Tâche.
Of its flagship wine produced from the Romanée-Conti vineyard, the wine critic Clive Coates has stated
"The scarcest, most expensive - and frequently the best - wine in the world ...
... This is the purest, most aristocratic and most intense example of Pinot Noir you could possibly
imagine. Not only nectar: a yardstick with which to judge all other Burgundies."
|Some previously sold bottles of Burgundy wines:
The vineyards are grouped around the village of Vosne-Romanée, on well drained slopes facing east and south-east. The soil is
iron-rich limestone on a base of rock and marl, with vines lying around 800 ft (240 m) above sea level. The average age of the
vines is very high - around 44 years - and the vineyards are cultivated organically. Soil supplements are limited to compost made
from crushed vine roots, grape skins and residues from fermentation. To avoid compacting the soil with the use of tractors,
horses were re-introduced to cultivate the vineyards of Romanée-Conti and Le Montrachet. Five hectares in La Tâche and
Grands Echezeaux are now being cultivated biodynamically whereby the individual vines are treated with special natural
preparations and according to a strict lunar timetable. Yields are very low at an average of 25 hl/ha (the Grand Cru rendement is
35 hl/ha). In other words, it takes the produce of three vines to produce one bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Yields are
kept low through severe pruning early in the season, and green pruning (éclaircissage / vendange en vert) in July/August, with a
'passage de nettoyage' completed immediately before harvest, to cut out substandard grapes. At harvest time, the grapes are
sorted into small baskets and individually examined for health on triage tables, before the winemaking begins.
An extraordinary early bottle, extremely irregular hand-blown glass.
|La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1990
Probably the greatest La Tâche of the last 40 years.
|Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 1990
Domaine Armand Rousseau
A complete case in absolutely superb condition.
|Remoissenet Vosne-Romanée Clos des Réas "Tête de Cuvée" 1949
The standard 1949 is very scarce, the "Tete de Cuvee" released directly from the domain
(which has some of the most famous old cellars in Burgundy) in the 1990's. Perfectly Burgundy
vintages of the century. The wine is astonishingly stored, absolutely mint condition. One of
the greatest fresh, it tastes 20 years old not 60! It's amazing how long fine Burgundy keeps,
if it has had pristine storage like available.
|Clos des Lambrays 1945
A legendary wine.
|Musigny Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 1949
Comte Georges de Vogüé
A spectacular and incredibly rare large format bottle (double magnum) from arguably the
greatest vintage ever for Musigny.
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