|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!
|The Wines of Germany
The Pinnacle of Riesling
Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Eiswein
|Rüdesheimer Apostelwein 1727
The story of this wine is briefly as follows: The city of Bremen owns the famous Ratskeller or town hall,
underneath which is a legendary cellar known as the Schatzkammer (treasury cellar). In here are 12 very
large elaborately carved casks of wine dating from the 17th and 18th century, named after the 12
Apostles. The oldest dates from 1653, but the wine is no longer drinkable. The most famous is the Judas
cask, containing Rudesheim wine of the 1727 vintage, by repute the greatest vintage of the 18th century.
Wine from this cask has never been sold, but periodically very small quantities have been bottled as civic
gifts from the Bremen municipality to important dignitaries, visiting heads of state, royalty etc. When
any wine has been drawn off like this, the cask (about 3000 litres + in capacity) has been topped up with
young Rudesheim wine of the finest quality. In this way the barrel has been refreshed, as the old wine
feeds on the sugars in the younger one. But only a handful of half bottles have ever been drawn off at one
time, and so this top-up wine only constitutes a tiny percentage of the overall volume, the vast bulk of
which is still the original 1727.
This is, quite simply, the oldest drinkable wine in existence.
Here are Michael Broadbent's notes on this wine:
This wine comes from a large cask in the famous ’12 apostles’ cellar beneath the Town Hall or Ratskeller
in Bremen. The first time this appeared in a Christie’s wine catalogue was in 1829 when it sold for 5
pounds per dozen, a high price at the time. An occasional half bottle has appeared at auction since that
date, mainly over the past 30 years. The wine is drawn from the mother cask which is then topped up
with a young Rudesheimer of appropriate quality. In this way the large volume of the old wine is kept
refreshed. I first tasted the 1727 at Schloss Vollrads in 1973 at a tasting of wines of the world to
celebrate Count Matushka’s 80th birthday. Another memorable occasion took place at a dinner in Sydney
on the evening of my first visit to Australia in February 1977. By way of welcome, my host, the
|Some previously sold bottles of German wines:
|irrepressible Len Evans had invited the Prime Minister and a group of the best ‘palates’. Among other fine and rare wines was
this 250 year old Hock. Just as it was about to be served, there was a shattering crash followed by an agonized Australian voice
‘Gee Len, sorry we’ll just have to have the 1928’! (The ‘waiter’ Anders Ousbach, who had dropped a handful of spoons, was a
wine expert and opera singer known for his practical jokes).
On my second visit to Bremen in 1981, I was able to taste the wine from the cask. It had an amber straw colour, the smell of old
apples and a nutty appley taste. Dry, good length. High acidity. More recently, from a half bottle ‘Réserve du Bremer
Ratskeller’: it was paler than I had previously noted, Secial Madeira-like colour, bouquet also reminded me of an old Madeira,
then more like a raya sherry. After 2 hours in the glass a smell of rich old stables and an hour after that, an amazing pungency
lingered in the empty glass. On the palate medium-dry, lightish weight, a soft, gentler, slightly toasted old straw flavor,
tolerable acidity,and clean finish. *****
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|Rüdesheimer Apostelwein 1727
This label likely dates from the 1950-60's, which is when these particular bottles would have
been drawn off.
|Schloss Schonburg Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
Some corrosion on capsules, but superb levels. Great vintage.
Excellent levels. One of the vintages of the century.
|Niersteiner Heiligenbaum TBA 1937
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