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Posted 23 Feb 2012

£5 million Drinks Cabinet goes on sale

We’re proud to announce that Courvoisier features in the most expensive, and arguably most fascinating, drinks cabinet in the world, which is now on sale courtesy of cognac connoisseur Bay van der Bunt.

Believed to be the world’s largest private collection, the Dutchman has spent nearly 40 years filling his shelves with 5,000 bottles of rare old liquors, from cognac and armagnac to port and chartreuse. So old and rare, in fact, that perusing his shelves has been likened to charting history, and none more so than in the case of his extremely rare bottle of Courvoisier & Curlier cognac, which dates back to 1789. As Bay van der Bunt was reported in the Observer:

“Look,” he says excitedly. “This one is from 1789, the year of the French revolution. Imagine that. They were storming the Bastille when that one was made.”*

Here at Courvoisier, our proud heritage has always played a central role in everything we do, and indeed our museum in Jarnac is testament to the meticulous care and attention paid to the cognac-making process, from our founders, to their sons, to the two nephews of Felix Courvoisier, the Curlier brothers, and still today.

We very much hope that this cognac aficionado’s collection passes into similarly careful hands.

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*Source: The Observer, article by Kim Willsher (19.02.12), p. 27



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