Unique cognac bottlings at the 2016 Part des Anges

Twenty-four special blends in art decanters mark the auction’s 10th anniversary

1 ABK6 � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE 
1 ABK6 � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE 

For lovers of fine and rare cognac, the annual La Part des Anges charity auction in Cognac has long been a highlight, offering the chance to snap up unique bottlings donated by some of the region’s most prestigious houses. And this year’s event, which takes place on September 22 (alongside a private gala dinner) will be of particular interest, because the show-stopping line-up of 24 carafes and blends – many in specially crafted art decanters created to mark the auction’s 10th anniversary – will also be auctioned online, in collaboration with leading wine and spirits auctioneers Artcurial, making these one of a kind lots available globally.

COGNAC FRAPIN � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE
COGNAC FRAPIN � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE
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Highlights from the catalogue include the Cuvée François Rabelais N° 592 from Frapin, a blend of very old Grande Champagne eaux de vie encased in a “pocket watch” decanter (second picture) wrought from gold and pewter (reserve €5,500); a Baccarat decanter of Martell Edouard 1920 bottled straight from the cask and presented in a case by cabinet makers Ateliers Drevelle (reserve €11,000); and an Edition Particulière by Hennessy showcasing eaux de vie from the “founder’s chai”, home to Hennessy’s oldest and most precious stocks (reserve €20,000).

HINE � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE
HINE � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE
MAISON J.A.RENAULT � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE
MAISON J.A.RENAULT � BNIC - SPIRIT HUNTERS - PLACE CLICHE

Other head-turners on the list include a 1916 Millésime by Hine (reserve €7,000, third picture), complete with label and beech box by the award-winning artist James Viscardi, an Hourglass cognac by JA Renault (reserve €4,000, fourth picture), and the striking Cognac ABK6 – Spiritu (reserve €6,000, first picture), an objet d’art that sees a decanter of century-old cognac wreathed in a vine-like metal sculpture by contemporary artists Céline Delcourt and Maria Perafan.

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This year, the auction is being organised by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac in association with Artcurial, with all proceeds going to Apprentis d’Auteuil, a network of 200 centres around France that provides education, professional training and emotional support for young people experiencing difficulties in their domestic, school and social lives.

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