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Hello,i was given a Grande Champagne Jules DURET Cognac.Can you tell me some information of this Cognac.

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Hi Yolanda

The good news?  This is so high in alcohol that it doesn't change much at all with time in the bottle---it's as good today as it was the day it was bottled.  The bad news? It hasn't appreciated in value the way some fine wines do, for exactly the same reason.  It's worth about what a current bottling of Cognac is worth--maybe about $100-150 or so.  

Here's a bit more about the company as a whole: Gert v. Paczensky wrote about this cognac: "The brand Jules Duret was used for exports to the USA... it included top qualities: Grande Champagne Grande Champagne Lot024/98."

When in 1890 Theodore Duret merged his company, Jules Duret, with another prominent independent Cognac firm (Louis Royer), many casks and 'Dame Jeanne' from the substantial stock of mature 'Eau-de-Vie' were secreted away to a dark and hidden cellar near Jarnac known fondly and appropriately as the Paradis.

The name and reputation of Jules Duret is being revived today with this superb Grande Champagne cognac - drawn almost exclusively from the Paradis cellar and blended with all the love and care for the fine tradition of the cognac Jules Duret of the 19th century.

Part of this is to help the company recover from some of the loss of image that occurred when Suntory purchased it in the late 1980's.

Your bottle is a Grand Champagne, so it is close to the top of the line--darn nice stuff!

hope that helps

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

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30 years in the business.

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Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

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Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

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I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

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Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

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Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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