Just like the release of Beaujolais Nouveau which always happens on the 3rd Thursday of November, the charity Part des Anges Cognac auction takes place on the 3rd Thursday of September.
It lands on the 19th September this year. Today.
The world's best cognac houses contribute a bottle (or magnum or jeroboam) of a special reserve that is not normally for sale. These then get auctionned off to the world's rich and famous and the proceeds go to charity. This year the money raised will go to the French Red Cross and support the work they are doing bringing clean water to remote Africa.
I had the honour of being invited to the Paris press conference two weeks ago, which was held in the bar of the luxurious Burgundy hotel, by the Madeleine.
I use the word honour very rarely, but when you're in the presence of 17 cognac master distillers and estate owners, it actually seems duly appropriate. It was a fun evening, sipping on cognac cocktails and needless to say, I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the auction this evening. The catalogue (if you just happen to be interested!) is attached.