La Tour d’Argent auctions off centuries-old Cognacs

La Tour dArgent Restaurant

One of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Paris will be auctioning off a collection of equally old, rare Cognacs and spirits from the bowels of its world famous wine cellar — home to 400,000 bottles that are guarded day and night.

Among some of the most prized lots are two 2.5-liter bottles of Grande Fine Champagne Cognac ‘La Tour d’Argent’ 1805, which were bottled on-site more than two centuries ago. The bottles are estimated to fetch between €12,300 to €18,450.

As one of the oldest bottles ever sold at Christie’s, the auction will also feature a bottle of Vieux Cognac Grande Fine Champagne ‘Close de Griffier’ Café Anglais that dates back to 1788. That bottle is expected to fetch up to €4,920.

The rarest wines were transferred from the Café Anglais when the owner’s daughter, Augusta Burdel, married the owner of La Tour d’Argent, André Terrail — grandfather of the current owner. The café was destroyed in 1913.

The auction will feature about 180 lots of Cognacs along with ancient Armagnacs, rums, Calvados, port and marc and is expected to bring in a haul of nearly €197,000.

“Venturing into the extensive cellar at La Tour d’Argent almost feels like being an archaeologist -– the rows and rows of bottles, floor to ceiling as far as the eye can see, many of which have lain unmoved for almost a century,” said associate specialist Noah May at Christie’s, in a statement.

Grande Fine Champagne Cognac 1805