The biannual charity sale of rare cognacs raised 291,500 euros for Thierry Marx’s culinary training school last Thursday 20th September in Cognac (Charentes).
The charity auction named La Part des Anges – the ‘angel’s share’ in English, a term for the portion of a wine or distilled spirit’s volume that is lost to evaporation during aging in oak barrels – beat the records last week by raising a total of 291,500 euros.
Every two years, 22 outstanding bottles and blends are generously donated by cognac producers themselves, before being put up for auction during the gala dinner. Organised by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), since its creation in 2006, La Part des Anges has raised money for no less than 15 charities, including in the employment, heritage, education and social sectors.
This year, the proceeds will go to the culinary arts training centre ‘Cuisine mode d’emploi’, set up in 2012 by the Michelin-starred French chef Thierry Marx, who is also the patron of this year’s event. The centre, based in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, offers free 12-week training courses to former inmates and youngsters who have dropped out of the educational system, with the aim of reintegrating them into society.
Prestigious bottles including those signed by Frapin, Delamain & Co, Maison Ferrand etc. attracted collectors from the world over. The most expensive bottle, from Martell, one of the most important Cognac houses in the appellation, went for 35,000 euros. 98% of Cognac is exported, with its main markets being North America, closely followed by Asia.
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