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.
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).
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.
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.