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QUEEN’S 1952 Cognac highlights auction

5 February 2013 No Comment

Hine 1952 Queen CognacA bottle of Hine Grande Champagne Cognac from 1952 is among several lots of exceptional cognac to feature in Bonhams Fine & Rare Wines sale on 14th February at New Bond Street, London.

Accompanied by a bottle of Hine Grande Champagne from 1904, the two bottles are estimated to sell for at least £400 – 500. A parcel of 1952 vintage was set aside in the producer’s personal reserves to commemorate the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II.

Richard Harvey MW, international director of Bonhams Wine Department, said: “The excellent results in our previous sales show that the market for Cognac is still strong. The Hine Grande Champagne Cognac, which was destined for the Queen, is a very rare and interesting bottle and I’m sure it will arouse great interest.”

It was an excellent vintage combining finesse, balance and a well-rounded bouquet. In 1977 a small quantity was specially bottled and presented to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee. The rest wasn’t bottled until 1987.

The Grande Champagne 1952 is flowery and slightly spicy on the nose, with a nutty background, a sign of slow maturation in small oak casks kept in cool, damp cellars. On the palate it is fresh and mellow with a long finish.

Also for sale at the auction is an engraved crystal decanter of Pierre Frapin Civee 1888 Grand Cru Cognac with accompanying gold-plated replica fob watch, which is expected to reach £2,500-£3,000; a bottle of Château Paulet 100 Year Grande Fine Champagne Cognac estimated at £600-700; a bottle of J. Calvet & Co Grande Champagne Cognac 1898 estimated at £400-500; and a bottle of Classique de Martell Cognac in a Baccarat decanter and presentation box estimated at £400-500.



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