Survivor of World War I and II
Vieux Cognac Grande Champagne Fine Clos de Griffier ‘Café Anglais’ (1788)
When followers of Rousseau founded the Société des Amis des Noirs in France with the aim of abolishing slavery (February 19th) and New York became the capital of the United States of America (September 13th), the Vieux Cognac Grande Champagne Fine Clos de Griffier was created. Some bottles of this fine Cognac were kept for over 200 years in the dark cellars of the famous French restaurant Café Anglais and survived World War I and II. During World War II the owner Claude Terrail saved the wine cellar from being purged by the Germans by walling up the enormous cellar that contained a majority of its prized rare vintages. Fetching over four times its estimated worth, this Cognac is identical to the Cognac that was accidentally smashed at the Playboy Club in London in July 2012. In December 2012, Old Liquors Ltd. snapped up all six lots of the exclusive Clos de Griffier at a Christie’s auction and added them to her famous collection.