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Marancheville Tres Rare Lot N°14/45 Grande Champagne Cognac

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Cognac age
Special

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Growth area
Grande Champagne

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Vintage year
1914
1945
Brand
Marancheville Cognac

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Color: Rich, red amber glow.

Nose: Delicate and intriguing aromas of precious wood, wax and dried flower petals captivate the nose.

Palate: The palate is uniquely aromatic, taking us to an incomparable taste universe and transporting us back through time.

Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

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Marancheville Tres Rare Lot N°14/45 Grande Champagne Cognac

The house of Marancheville presents us with an outstandingly rare blend of eaux-de-vie from the historic years of 1914 and 1945 for its latest Grande Champagne Cognac. This exceptionally old Cognac from a house known for its class, excellence and endearing humility, was created using a combination of unique eaux-de-vie from a family heritage treasure.

Not only does the eaux-de-vie in this blend originate solely from the premier cru of Grande Champagne, but it is also particularly special due to the significance of the years in which the grapes were harvested. The years 1914 and 1945 mark the beginning and the end of the only two World Wars the world has ever experienced, and so this Cognac captures such a significant period in history in its aromas and flavors. By taking a closer look at these two momentous years and how they impacted the Cognac region, we can greater appreciate the eaux-de-vie and those who rose to the occasion so that we can enjoy them in this extremely special Grande Champagne blend today.

1914: The beginning of the First World War meant that 3.7 million French men were called to join the war effort at the start of August - just before the harvest. The loss of these men meant that the fate of the harvest fell into the hands of agricultural women. These incredible women came together in their efforts to maintain the vineyards, manage the harvest and produce the eaux-de-vie. The 1914 harvest turned out to be quite an exceptional one, the eaux-de-vie from this year has come to be fondly known as ‘Ladies Vintage’ and is a reminder of what can be achieved against all odds, and how when we come together, hope is not lost.

1945: At the end of the war in 1945, the wine and eaux-de-vie distribution bureau, which had been created to preserve Cognac stocks during the war, became the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), Cognac’s governing body. The BNIC helped to hugely improve the relationship between growers and merchants and took over the role of deciding the price of new Cognacs from various crus. The year 1945 signifies not just the conclusion of a number of war-torn decades, but also the beginning of the golden years of increasing prosperity in the Cognac region and market.

The secrets about this blend

1914: 47,5%
1945: 47,5%
Extra: 5% (between 40 and 50 years old)

The 5% "Extra" incorporated into the blend aims to elevate the degree of the Cognac, which registered slightly lower than 40° for the select vintages of 1914 and 1945. This addition ensures that the blend meets the minimum degree requirement. The lots from the noteworthy years of 1914 and 1945 were individually transferred into demijohns around 2001.

The storing of these valuable lots in demijohns is a time-honored method that aids in maintaining the distinct characteristics developed over time. Towards the end of 2020, the separate lots were meticulously blended together. The art of blending takes into account the unique flavor profile of each lot, ensuring a harmonious amalgamation that enhances the overall taste and aroma of the final product.

Following the blending process, the Cognac was allowed to marry for six months before proceeding to bottling in the middle of 2021. This crucial waiting period, known as the marrying stage, gives the blend enough time to integrate and harmonize the various elements, thereby achieving a perfectly balanced cognac. Despite the age of the lots, no reductions were made. Instead, a minimal amount of old cognac was added to the blend to achieve the desired 40°. This practice is performed with utmost precision, with the goal of preserving the spirit's original character and complexity, while also ensuring it meets the required degree. This results in a superior blend that seamlessly marries historical craftsmanship with modern precision.

The blend of these two consequential eaux-de-vie, represents the phoenix that can be born from the ashes of struggles. The significance and specialty of eaux-de-vie produced by women who stepped up to complete the harvest when their men were at war, combined with a blend from the year which marked the end of the war and the beginning of Cognac as we know it, cannot be underestimated. This is an incredibly rare and important Cognac, one that transports us through history and reminds us of how lucky we are to be enjoying its eaux-de-vie.

Presentation of the bottle:

Just as the House of Marancheville itself is humble in its presentation, so is the bottle it presents this unique and memorable Cognac in. The historic eaux-de-vie is housed in a classic cognacaise bottle and sealed with a navy blue wax, an appropriate shade for a war-time Cognac.

The label is dominated by the same navy blue color and proudly bears the numbers 14 and 45 to represent the monumental years from which the grapes were harvested. This is a subtle yet sophisticated bottle that allows the liquid gold held within to rightfully be the main focus of attention.

How to enjoy:

There is no other way to enjoy such an ancient and important Cognac than to very slowly sip, savor and appreciate it neat in all its glory.

Marancheville Tres Rare Lot N°14/45

Grande Champagne Cognac

Marancheville Tres

Rare Lot N°14/45

Grande Champagne

Cognac

Growth Area: Grande Champagne

Cognac Expert is honored to present this historic Cognac from the House of Marancheville, a unique blend of eaux-de-vie from the notable years of 1914 and 1945. Marancheville is a producer known for its class and excellence, yet also for its endearing humility and so it is with great pride that we can present to you the world premiere of its latest and limited offering, Marancheville 14/45.

This exceptionally old Cognac from Marancheville was created using a blend of rare eaux-de-vie from a family heritage treasure. The years 1914 and 1945, from which the eaux-de-vie originates, mark the beginning and the end of the only two World Wars the world has ever experienced, and so this Cognac captures such a significant period in history in its aromas and flavors. By taking a closer look at these two momentous years and how they impacted the Cognac region, we can greater appreciate the eaux-de-vie and those who rose to the occasion so that we can enjoy them in this extremely special Grande Champagne blend today.

It's rated exceptionally by our customers - read the reviews.

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$ 633
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Vintage: 1914 / 1945

ABV: 40%

Bottle size: 70 cl

TASTING NOTES

Color: Rich, red amber glow

Palate: The palate is uniquely aromatic, taking us to an incomparable taste universe and transporting us back through time.

Nose: Delicate and intriguing aromas of precious wood, wax and dried flower petals captivate the nose.

Growth Area: Grande Champagne

1914

Breakfast of the soldiers in 1914. Credit Archives departenemtales de la Charente

The year 1914, and the beginning of the First World War, called for the mobilization of 3.7 million French men, who went to join the war effort at the start of August - just before the harvest. With 60 percent of the active male population assigned to combat, the fate of the harvest fell into the hands of agricultural women who also had to struggle with losing all the draught animals that had been requisitioned by the army. These incredible women came together in their efforts to maintain the vineyards, manage the harvest and produce the eaux-de-vie. The 1914 harvest turned out to be quite an exceptional one, and the eaux-de-vie from this year has come to be fondly known as ‘Ladies Vintage’.

1914 was the introduction to thirty years dominated by the struggles of war. Whilst there is no denying that these decades brought much pain and grief with them, they also allowed for a unique sense of companionship, growth, and drive to develop amongst communities. The eaux-de-vie from this year is a reminder of what can be achieved despite all odds being against us, and how when we come together, hope is not lost.

1945

Generale de Gaulle 1945. Credit Archives departementales de la charente-maritimes

1945 saw the end of World War II and with it the end of the occupation of the Cognac region by the German military. Fortunately, a Nazi who was local to the region had been appointed as administrator of Cognac during the war. Lieutenant Gustav Klaebisch had a unique understanding and appreciation for Cognac as his father had run a Cognac house during the First World War and he himself had also worked at another. Klaebisch protected the Cognac stocks and production from his own troops who wanted to take over and consume it entirely.

The survival of Cognac production as we know it today can also be credited to the founder of one of the most prominent Cognac houses who worked with a well-known grower, Pierre Verneuil, to create the wine and eaux-de-vie distribution bureau in order to preserve Cognac stock. Without these three men, it is doubtful that the Marancheville 14/45 blend, or in fact many of the older spectacular blends from the Cognac brands we know and love, would exist today.



US Soldier drinking Cognac in Berchtesgaen in 1945

At the end of the war in 1945, the wine and eaux-de-vie distribution bureau became the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), Cognac’s governing body. The BNIC helped to hugely improve the relationship between growers and merchants and took over the role of deciding the price of new Cognacs from various crus. The year 1945 signifies not just the conclusion of a number of war-torn decades, but also the beginning of the golden years of increasing prosperity in the Cognac region and market.

The blend of these two consequential eaux-de-vie, represents the phoenix that can be born from the ashes of struggles. The significance and specialty of eaux-de-vie produced by women who stepped up to complete the harvest when their men were at war, combined with a blend from the year which marked the end of the war and the beginning of Cognac as we know it, cannot be underestimated. This is an incredibly rare and important Cognac, one that transports us through history and reminds us of how lucky we are to be enjoying its eaux-de-vie.

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About Marancheville Cognac

A young brand by name, but not by experience, Marancheville Cognac is the creation of two family men, Gregoire and Laurent, who decided to not only distill eaux-de-vie for the larger known brands, but to put their passion into creating quality cognacs under their own brand. What a great result!

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