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Wellesley hotel acquires £100,000 bottle of ‘world's oldest' Cognac

30 January 2014 by
Wellesley hotel acquires £100,000 bottle of ‘world's oldest' Cognac

The Wellesley hotel in London's Knightsbridge has acquired a £100,000 bottle of Cognac, considered to be the world's oldest.

The 70cl bottle of Coutanseaux 1767 was discovered in an ancient cellar in France by a Cognac collector, and now sits in the lavish Crystal Bar at Tthe Wellesley, where guests can purchase a measure of 50ml for £7,000.

The Cognac is accredited with a certificate verifying its history and is described as being of "exceptional quality" for its age. It was distilled in the same year as the premiere of Mozart's first opera and at a time when George III was on England's throne.

Giuseppe Ruo, director of food and beverage at the Wellesley said: "Cognac is one of the passions of the Wellesley, we are constantly in search of the finest and most unique vintages in the world to offer to our discerning guests. We are very excited to welcome Cognac enthusiasts to experience this outstanding addition to our distinguished collection."

Ruo has collected Cognacs from across the globe to assemble one the hotel's whisky and Cognac collection, which also includes Cognac 1789, 1793 and Boutelleau 1800.

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