Courvoisier is amongst the four leading Cognac houses in the world - also known as the 'Big Four'. Legend has it that the emperor Napoléon himself chose Courvoisier as his preferred Cognac, therefore Courvoisier brandy is often referred to as “The Cognac of Napoleon”. The company dates back to 1828 and since has its headquarters in the town of Jarnac. With prestigious bottles such as Courvoisier Napoléon or Josephine, the Cognac house is at the top of the luxury spirits market. The Courvoisier VS, VSOP, and Rose Liqueur are also very popular. The drink is strongly ingrained in US Hip Hop culture with Busta Rhymes and P Diddy dedicating the song “Pass the Courvoisier” to the traditional brand.
Visit Courvoisier: 2, place du Chateau ,16200 Jarnac ,+33 (0)5 45 35 55 55 ,Visits from May until October, with multimedia presentations and guided tours. www.courvoisier.com
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Interesting facts you probably didn't know about the history of Courvoisier
1. In the Bond movie Diamonds are Forever, Sean Connery uses a bottle of Courvoisier Cognac to ignite his opponent.
2. In the movies where Bond is played by Daniel Craig much later, M and Gareth Mallory, played by Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes share a glass of Courvoisier.
3. The Cognac brand was created in the dying embers of the French Revolution when the country began to recover.
4. Napoleon gave a ration of Cognac to troops to lift morale during the Napoleonic Wars.
5. After being defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled to the island of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean. Legend has it that he took a few casks of Cognac as his granted item of luxury.
The Courvoisier Story
The legendary history of Courvoisier Cognac goes back to the early 1800s, when Emmanuel Courvoisier and Louis Gallois founded a wine merchant’s business in Paris.
Soon after, their sons, Felix and Jules, figured out that Cognac was their true passion and they moved the business to Jarnac in the heart of the Cognac region to start up Courvoisier in 1828.
Felix Courvoisier died without a son, so his nephews and their families continued the Cognac tradition until the early 20th century when the English family Simon bought the Cognac house. The Simons created a strong international brand identity with a new logo of the silhouette of Napoleon for the bottles.
Courvoisier Awards and Bottles
Courvoisier boasts an entirely renovated museum in Jarnac, France with multimedia presentations and a range of guided tours, where all historical material can be sighted, even a lock of Napoleon’s hair!
Visits to the museum and the cellars from May to October, 9.30am to 5pm every day. For special arrangements from November to April, please contact Courvoisier directly under +33 5 45 35 56 16 or +33 5 45 35 55 87.