Over 100 Years under the sea!
Cognac De Haartman was inttended to The Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and the Russian aristocracy. Unfortunately it never reached its goal. The ship was sunk by German U-boat in 1917 in the Baltic sea and was recovered 102 years later. 300 original bottles only out of the 600 shipped were saved from the wreck and have been rebottled with fine cognac from approximately the same period of time, beginning of 1900. The packaging is identical to the original De Haartman Cognac shipped from France in 1916.
Kim and Godfred Birkedal Hartmann, in order to refill the original bottles of De Haartman Cognac finally were able to find the exquisite fine cognac that will be as identic as the original noble drops from the beginning of the 1900. As we all know, cognac does not age in glass. Therefore the original De Haartman Cognac after spending 102 years, 80 meters in the Baltic Sea would not have aged. However, our cognac from 1900 have been aged in oak cask for many years until it was transfered into Dame Jeanne, 25 liters glass bottles.
About Birkedal Hartmann Cognac
Birkedal Hartmann is a rare example of a successful cognac house that today collaborates with producers and master blenders rather than producing its own eaux-de-vie. This allows Birkedal Hartmann to focus on modern marketing and distribution strategies, as the production is entirely outsourced. This does not however imply that the tradition of the house, founded in the late 1800s, has been neglected. On the contrary: With its extremely smart marrying of traditional and contemporary culture, the cognac house Birkedal Hartmann managed to be amongst the first to launch a product with US celebrity rapper Ludacris. The cognac called CONJURE has shown to be a huge success in the US market, positioning Birkedal Hartmann as one of the most innovative cognac companies today.