Marquis de Montesquiou Auctions Rare Armagnac

Marquis de Montesquiou, the celebrated Armagnac house, announces the auction of a rare 1865 vintage Armagnac. As a preview of the celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of Armagnac in 2010, collectors will have the opportunity to own a piece of history at an April 25 auction at Christie’s in New York.

Since 1865, this Armagnac has aged in the Montesquiou cellars, known in the region as the “Cathedral.” After maturing for 143 years, it was bottled on June 10, 2008. Each bottle of Montesquiou 1865 is individually numbered and presented in a collector’s box featuring a solid silver signature. The silver piece was created by acclaimed Parisian jeweler, Arthus-Bertrand, renowned for creating the Legion of Honor medal.

Founded in the 11th century, La Maison Montesquiou was a pioneer in the long history of Armagnac. Its oldest family members, the Counts of Fezensac, served under Clovis, King of the Franks in the year 480. At the top of the list of its most esteemed members is Count d’Artagnan, musketeer under King Louis XIII and the hero of Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel “The Three Musketeers.” The history of the Montesquiou family and Armagnac is closely linked, and for centuries Montesquiou Armagnacs have represented one of the oldest brandies in the world.

Jean-Francois Collobert, International Director for Pernod International, explains, “We have chosen New York to hold this historic auction because it represents a hub of American history and destiny, just as the 1865 vintage exemplifies the illustrious past and brilliant future of Montesquiou Armagnac. La Maison Montesquiou thus reaffirms its supremacy over the centuries, true to the spirit of the musketeers and the prestigious Montesquiou line.”

A starting price for the 1865 vintage, which represents the quintessence of Armagnac, has been set at 7,000 USD. Proceeds will go to GoodPlanet, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of environmental protection and the current ecological crisis. This partnership upholds Marquis de Montesquiou’s commitment to safeguarding natural resources, evident in their eco-design packaging and ecologically-sound distillation practices.

ABOUT LA MAISON MONTESQUIOU

Sold on every continent, Montesquiou Armagnacs have received awards for excellence each year. Once again, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has awarded the excellence of the Montesquiou Armagnacs in 2009 with a platinum award and a double gold medal for Marquis de Montesquiou 1904, a platinum award and a double gold for Marquis de Montesquiou Cuvee Pierre de Montesquiou Comte d’Artagnan, and the special mention of Best Armagnac with a double gold medal for Marquis de Montesquiou Cuvee Louis 1er.

ABOUT PERNOD INTERNATIONAL

Pernod International is a French division of Pernod Ricard, and responsible for global marketing for a portfolio of prestigious brands including Pernod, Pernod aux plantes d’Absinthe Superieure, Cafe de Paris, Suze and Marquis de Montesquiou.

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