Bonhams builds on Cognac success with rare Frapin Grand Cru from 1888

Fine & Rare Wines
6 Dec 2012
London, New Bond Street

Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine sale on 6th December at New Bond Street will feature some extraordinary bottles of Cognac among an eclectic range of exceptional wines from around the world.

The Pierre Frapin Cuvee 1888 Grand Cru Cognac is bottled in a limited edition crystal glass decanter, decorated by a 24 carat gold spiral and stopper. The bottle honours founder Pierre Frapin who in 1888 selected the cuvée which won the Gold Medal at the 'Exhibition Universelle' in Paris in 1889.

The assemblage of the 1888 cuvée includes several Cognacs, some older than 1888 and features a high proportion of the Folle Blanche grape variety, which is no longer produced. The delicate crystal glass decanter was made by the renowned Cristalleries Royales de Champagne and is accompanied by a wooden presentation cabinet. Inside this cabinet is a drawer containing a replica 1888 gold-plated pocket watch, filled with Pierre Frapin perfume, designed to enhance the Cognac tasting experience.

In September, Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine sale included an exceptional selection of rare Cognac, some of which realised prices over three times the pre-sale estimates. One of the highlights was a rare bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac, for £10,350 against a pre-sale estimate of £5,000 – 7,000.


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