A Gautier cognac from 1762, one of the oldest surviving cognacs in the world, sold for £118,580 ($146,000) at an online auction on Thursday, at Sotheby’s auction house.
The winning bidder will also be treated at the Maison Gautier distillery in Aigre, France, which was founded in 1755. He will also be able to taste their cognacs in food pairing during a meal within the house. There were only three bottles left, owned by the same family for generations. Another was sold at an auction in New York in 2014. The thirth is in the Gautier Museum, in Cognac, southwestern France. “The Gautier 1762 is renowned and revered across the world as a cognac that transcends the world of spirits collecting,” said Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s spirits specialist.
Those cognac bottles have an interesting history. They were offered in lieu of wages to Alphonse, a member of the family adopted by the great grand parents In the 19th century. Alphonse went to ﬁght in World War I in 1914 and did not return. The bottles remained in the family until they decided what to do with each one of them.