This is one to be listed under heartbreaking news - a 234-year-old bottle of cognac, bottled in Paris in 1788 and for two centuries stored in the cellar of La Tour d'Argent restaurant, was dropped and smashed in London.
The bottle and contents exist no more and its demise came at London's Playboy club recently, where the bottle's owner, Salvatore Calabrese, who bought it in 2009, was intending to use the Clos du Griffier Vieux cognac to set the world record by mixing the world's most expensive drink. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were going to be at that club later this week to witness Calabrese's record cocktail.
Bottle of vintage cognac smashed
In the meantime, a limited amount of drinks from the bottle were to be sold, at nearly $8,000 for a glass, and a customer long-known to Calabrese, a businessman who was with a friend, bought two glasses. He asked to see the bottle and somehow, after finishing their drinks, when they stood up they accidentally knocked the bottle to the floor.
"We all just froze," Calabrese told the London Evening Standard last Friday. "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. Accidents happen. If I regret anything it is to have left the bottle on the table, but as a fellow connoisseur he truly wanted to appreciate what he was drinking.”
Calabrese has respected the customer's wish not to be identified, and the money he paid for the 2 drinks will be all the collector of rare liquor gets for the bottle as it was no longer insured because it had been opened. His dream of a new world record is, of course, shattered.