The 10th edition of the La Part des Ange (angels’ share) charity auction of fine Cognacs took place on Sept. 22 in Cognac, France. The event raised a record amount—265,700 Euros, or about $298,088—for the Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil, an organization that has benefited underprivileged youth and the most vulnerable families for 150 years.
The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) organized the charity auction in partnership with the auction house ArtCurial. The 24 limited-edition carafes on the auction block were donated by Cognac houses including Courvoisier, Hardy Cognac, Hine, Maison Boinaud, Maison Ferrand and Martell. The carafes were filled with rare, high-quality eaux-de-vies, aged and blended over many years.
Chef Guy Savoy was the patron for this year’s auction event, a dinner held on the banks of the Charente River in the heart of Cognac. About 700 French and international guests attended; the auction was also open to online bidders for the first time.
Since 2006, La Part des Anges has helped a dozen charitable projects in the areas of employment, education, heritage or social. The money raised from the Cognac carafe sales this year will provide young students at a hospitality and catering school with a new kitchen.
Shown above, the Cognac cellar masters who donated decanters for the 10th Part des Anges. 1st row: Gilles Merlet, Merlet; Yann Fillioux, Jas Hennessy and Co; Anne Sarteaux, Cognac Meukow; Isabelle Couprie, Cognac Gautier; Dominique Touteau, Delamain & Cp; Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin; Edouard Normandin, Cognac Normandin-Mercier. 2nd row: Christophe Valtaud, Martell; Alexandre Gabriel, Maison Ferrand; Richard Braastad, Tiffon; Laurent Vallet, Château Montifaud; Olivier Blanc, Léopold Gourmel; Rémi Boinaud, J. Dupont Cognac. Top left from bottom to top: Michel Casaveccchia, Château de Cognac S.A.S; Patrice Piveteau, Cognac Frapin; David Croizet, Maison J.A. Renault; Jean-Philippe Bergier, Cognac Bache Gabrielsen. Top right from bottom to top: Eric Forget, Hine; Patrice Pinet, Courvoisier; Pierre Vaudon, François Voyer; Christian Guérin, ABK6, Jean-Edouard Godet, Cognac Godet. (Bénédicte Hardy, cellar master of the donor House Cognac Hardy, is missing on the photo.)