Most Expensive Bottle Of Cognac In The World: Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858
The priciest bottle of Cognac in the world is found at an exclusive wine and liquor shop in New York City. This luxurious beverage, the Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858 can be bought for a whopping $156, 760 and is presently on display at the Financial District Wine and Liquor.
This bottle has been conserved very carefully by the Croizet household for over a century and a half and it has been auctioned and sold in Shanghai (China) for one million yuan which is around $156, 760. The exuberant price tag on this costly cognac has won it the distinction of holding a Guiness World Record for the most expensive cognac auctioned and sold. The bottle was purchased by Maggie Yong, director Citibank, Hong Kong.
Lee Tachman, the owner of FiDi Wine and Liquor maintains that the reason this bottle of Croizet Cognac is special because of the fact that it is not a blend and each drop of cognac in the bottle is from 1858. It is an old bottle and that is the reason why it is one of a kind and cannot be found anywhere else. Tachman also suggests that the bottle originated from a period much before the Great French Wine Blight and therefore the bottle is ‘pre-phylloxera’. The Croizet Cognac Leonie was safely locked away by the Croizet family two years before tiny insects destroyed French grapevines which led to the blight. Furthermore, the bottle had also lived through the American Civil War, which gives it historical importance. It is also rumored that this beverage was guzzled down by Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill when they were planning for Normandy D-Day!
The Croizet Leonie 1858 is currently not up for sale as yet, however, Gennady Agrest, president Cognac Croizet Americas stated that FiDi Wine and Liquor would be having the first bottle of the expensive cognac on its shelf by mid-July, after it passes clearance by the New York State Liquor Authority and the TTB.
However, there is one pressing question: Since the buyer would have to considerably stretch his or her budget to pay an astronomical fee for a unique bottle of cognac; will the owner open the bottle or not. Well, that is a very debatable question since it is the last bottle of original 1858 Croizet Cognac, so may be and maybe not. It would be interesting to see who becomes the lucky owner of this priceless beverage!