Many ancient and aged bottles of whisky, bourbon and cognac do of course survive without being consumed. To tickle the tastebuds, Tennants Auctioneers will be holding a specialist Wine & Whisky Sale on 5th December.

Not to be confused with Champagne is Cognac, which comes from the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and one such item up for auction is a single bottle of Cognac Roi De France Grande Réserve de L'Empereur, dated 1811. Predating the Battle of Waterloo, this ancient lot is estimated at £500 to £800.

Further bottled history will go under the hammer including twelve bottles of Chateau Latour 1955, Pauillac. Sealed in a case since 1957, each bottle retains a Berry Brothers slip label and this 60 year old wine is estimated at between £2 000 and £3 000.

With Vintage Dom Pérignon, dated between 1969 to 2004 and many more collections also included in the auction. Whether for consuming or investing, this is a sale to add to your Christmas list.

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