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£50,000 historic Cognac bottle shattered

23rd July, 2012 by Patrick Schmitt

A customer at London’s Playboy Club accidentally smashed a £50,000 bottle of Cognac destined for a record-breaking cocktail.

The Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac from 1788 before it was smashed

The Coganc, a Clos de Griffier Vieux from 1788, was destroyed after a businessman, who had ordered two glasses of the brandy at £5,050 a measure, asked to look at the bottle.

As the customer stood up, he sent the bottle flying across the club, before it smashed on the floor.

The Cognac was due to feature in the world’s most expensive cocktail, which would have been mixed this week by Salvatore Calabrese in front of judges from Guinness World Records.

Apparently the bottle is not insured because it had already been opened.

Speaking to the Evening Standard after the accident happened at the end of last week, Salvatore said: “We all just froze, then it sunk in. I’ve been heartbroken. Not because of the value of the bottle, but because it is a piece of history that has been lost.”

The bottle had previously been in the cellars of Paris restaurant La Tour d’Argent and was auctioned in late 2009, fetching €25,000, before appearing on the drinks list at the Playboy Club.

Click here more information on the auction and the contents of La Tour d’Argent’s cellar.

35 Responses to “£50,000 historic Cognac bottle shattered”

  1. Charles says:

    Remember Sokolin’s 1787 Margaux ?

  2. Cal Craik says:


  3. Jack says:

    Do they have a “you break it, you bought it” policy?

  4. Mike says:

    Really???? 75K for a liquid that will end up as piss in a toilet while children starve – GOOD glad it’s gone

    • Bob says:

      Um, Mike .. breaking that bottle was like burning a 75K note .. now there is NO money to share with your “starving children”. Reasoning like yours is why people do not understand why countries with the fewest wealthy people are also the countries with the most starving children.

      • BobLee says:

        Grow up Bob. You seem more materialistic than my 12 year old daughter.

        • Gene says:

          He’s right. There’s an idiot around every corner willing to part with their money. If not we couldn’t feed those hungry kids. We need capitalism to help do good things. How do,you know the owner of the bottle doesn’t give thousands a year to charity? You don’t….the end.

        • editorJP says:

          “Grow up Bob. You seem more materialistic than my 12 year old daughter”

          Sounds like you daughter has her communist Dad figured out.

          Why don’t you tell us about all the humanitarian and medical foreign aid that comes from North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba vs from America?

      • Mike says:

        BOB BOB BOB – the issue is not paying 75K for the bottle – the issue is drinking it – see if you wanna pay 75K for a piece of history with a story display it – “that bottle there is 200+ years old and was made before Napoleon” I get that – but buying it – drinking it turning it to piss for 75K – that my friend is a Brewster’s millions best

    • Jim says:

      I’ll wager you are a joy to be around.

    • Lincoln Robertson says:

      Oh just stop it!

    • Marlyn says:

      LMAO!!!!!!!! I agree with you.

  5. no one says:

    At that age isn’t it pretty much all vinegar now anyway?

  6. Uppity Prole says:

    Congratulations, guy. You got the Last Shot from this famous bottle. Join the august company of the rat (may his name be forgotten) who sought HIS fame by getting the Last Autograph from John Lennon.

  7. Darwin says:

    Come on dude cool your jets and get a hold of your personal space …

  8. daniel says:

    See with your eyes, not your hands

  9. Mimi Labou says:

    Hmm, shamu would blush

  10. Kevin Stowell says:

    That’s gonna leave a scar!

  11. StageCoachDriver says:

    Probably the dictator of some banana republic we give foreign aid to.

  12. Vinman says:

    He deserves to be SHOT for that!!!

  13. Chippy55 says:

    No use crying over spilt milk. ~ Mrs. O’Leary

  14. Bill Hampshire says:

    £5,050 shots!

    THIS is what the so called “job creators” are doing with their money!

  15. Bag of Hammers says:


  16. BobbyCanuck says:

    Well if I was at that club, I would have been licking it up of the floor, for free!

    Mind you, I doubt that they would let a middle class working man like me into the club in the first place…

  17. Bob Lidd says:

    I wonder who the jerk-off was that did this? Someone must have a name?

  18. Tatiana Covington says:

    Abruti! (asshole in French).

  19. Stoic says:

    The problems of rich people.

  20. NO insurance – DEVASTATING!!!!

  21. Adam says:

    No sure how a thread like this can turn onto one persons random comments…but I think you are all missing the real story. Salvatore was actually flairing as secretly he turns his nose up at the pomp and ceremony of hotel bars…really he wanted to work at Roadhouse but actually wasn’t good enough so decided to spend other peoples money on ridiculously expensive spirits as to attract PR for what are simply basic classic cocktails that any decent well trained bartender knocks out at a respectable £7.50 – £8.50 at ‘normal bars’ in london. That said its reasonable paying £15 a cocktail in a hotel bar as £7.50 of that cost is made up of massive olives, funky nuts and black pepper cashew nuts 😉

  22. Dan says:

    Check please.

  23. Dai says:

    There is a *Playboy* club? The world is OK once again.

  24. aGarzaCapitalist says:

    224 years, 2012, the Maya were right!

  25. lee says:

    Gone but not forgotten

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