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Your bottle: 6 bottles of 1811 GRAN FINE NAPOLEON

4 February 2012 8 Comments

Since a week we offer a new feature on Cognac Fans: Submit Your Cognac Bottle. With this new feature you are able to submit your Cognac bottle, if you would like to know the value or age.

This time 6 bottles of 1811 Gran Fine Napoleon Cognac have been submitted. Can it get more special than this?


Story: My family, from Portugal, inherited this box with 12 Bottles of 1811 Gran Fine Napoleon more than a century ago. Six of the bottles were used during important events, such as married and to celebrate the end of dictatorship in Portugal. They still hold 6 bottles as you can see from pictures.

History: From what I could find on the internet, the 1811 vintage was an extraordinary one. Below further information about this vintage. “1811 was regarded at the time as the greatest vintage in living memory, and is now universally held to be the finest vintage of the 19th century throughout the vineyards of Western Europe.

A long hot summer and a warm dry autumn meant an abundant harvest of perfectly ripe grapes, from Bordeaux to Burgundy, from the Rheingau to the vineyards of Tokaji.

In Cognac, the folle blanche reached an unequalled level of perfection, and the distillers knew that they were dealing with a once in a lifetime harvest. In the same year, Napoleon himself visited the region, and was presented with a barrel of cognac as a gift for his young son.

Many ascribed the extraordinary weather to the remarkable astronomical event that had dominated the year – The Great Comet. The comet was visible by astronomers for 17 months, but for two months – September and October 1811, exactly the time grapes were harvested – it was clearly visible to the naked eye, illuminating the night sky with a coma that at one point exceeded the diameter of the sun. It was taken as sign of supernatural blessing on the harvest, which henceforth was known as “The Comet Vintage”.

I was not able to find the origin of the bottles, they would definitely help me price the product appropriately. If you have further information please let the seller know in the comment area below.

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  • Patrick said:


    If you still have any of these bottles remaining please let me know. You can reach me at pcruise2000 at gmail. Thanks.


  • a.bravo said:

    I have one botle to sell
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