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August 15, 2014

Most people wouldn’t fancy tapping into a beverage bottled in the time of Napoleon, but the longevity of liquors means some of the rarer tipples can pull extraordinary prices among well-heeled consumers.

When self-made Dutch millionaire Bay van der Bunt put his extensive cellar up for sale a couple of years ago, he shone a light on both the collectibility and the investability of rare liquors. His 5,000-bottle collection, said to be the world’s largest, included a cognac that had travelled with Napoleon’s army, and another from the Duke of Windsor’s Paris cellar. In all, it was valued at €6 million.

September 9, 2011

Camus, the last independent, family-owned cognac house, has launched what it calls an “outstanding and unequalled range of Certified Single Vintage Cognacs”.

Camus, the last independent, family-owned cognac house, has launched what it calls an “outstanding and unequalled range of Certified Single Vintage Cognacs”.

Tracing its history back to 1863, Camus is releasing eight vintages, including a number dating back to the early 1970s. Expect to pay as much as a €1,000 for some of the rarer vintages.

December 1, 2010

Remy Cointreau, the family-owned drinks company, has seen profits decline drastically for the first half as its Metaxa spirit suffered from Greece’s debt crisis.

Remy Cointreau, the family-owned drinks company, has seen profits decline drastically for the first half as its Metaxa spirit suffered from Greece's debt crisis.

Remy Cointreau's group net profit for the six months ending 30 September 2010 stood at €14.1 million, a 65% decrease on last year's €39.8 million. In a statement the group said the decline was "principally due to the highly unfavourable impact of the decline in Metaxa's sales in Greece."

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