Courvoisier Cognac

Courvoisier Cognac

Courvoisier is amongst the four leading cognac houses in the world. Legend has it that the emperor Napoleon himself chose Courvoisier as his preferred cognac, therefore Courvoisier 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 Napoleon or Josephine, the cognac house is at the top of the luxury spirits market. The drink is strongly engrained in US Hip Hop culture with Busta Rhymes and P Diddy dedicating the song “Pass the Courvoisier” to the traditional cognac.

Courvoisier Cognac

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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After several years in our French fine-grained oak barrels, the spirit develops nutty notes and ages to produce a sweet, caramelized flavor resembling that of toasted almonds. Jasmine: The distillation on the lees is a complex and meticulous process but it gives fruity and musk notes, evoking...
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History of Courvoisier

The legendary history of Courvoisier cognac goes back to the early 1800s, when Felix Couvoisier and Jules Gallois founded a wine merchant’s business in Paris. Soon after, they figured out that cognac was their true passion and they moved their business to Jarnac in the heart of the Cognac region to start up Courvoisier in 1828. When Napoleon was exiled to Saint Elena he ordered several barrels of cognac to take with him. Following this sign of appreciation, Courvoisier would start supplying the royal courts of Denmark, England and Sweden as well as the Imperial Court of Napoleon III. In fact, Courvoisier attained the official title of “official supplier to the Imperial Court” in 1869.

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 Today

Courvoisier is the only cognac producer that controls the entire process from grape to bottle, working with smaller producers in the region that have supplied them throughout generations. By doing this, they want to ensure that the quality remains as perfect as it has always been. The goal is to blend the cognacs so that the aromas and flavours remain the same every year, which is rare compared to other manufacturers, whose blends differ from year to year.

In 1964 Courvoisier was acquired by the Canadian spirits group Hiram Walker, which helped to drastically increase international sales. In the 1980s, a period of huge international mergers and acquisitions, Hiram Walker was bought by the British group Allied Lyons, which would become Allied Domecq after merging with Pedro Domecq and will later be partly owned by Pernod Ricard (and therefore indirectly also by Martell). Once Pernod Ricard owned part of the shares, Allied Domecq divested Courvoisier to Fortune Brands, which it remains to be part of today under Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc.

Pierre Szersnovicz, whose father ran the largest Courvoisier distillery for decades, is part of the blending team, but at the same time global brand ambassador of Courvoisier, which shows that today, Marketing plays a crucial role in distributing cognac internationally.

News, Products, Anecdotes and Labels

Courvoisier re-launched its famous Josephine bottle and invited legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to design the bottle. The company continues to introduce such innovative collaborations, strengthening a unique position amongst competitors such as Rémy Martin, Hennessy or Martell.
 

In 2007 Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne won a double gold medal at the San Francisco Spirit Awards and in 2009 Courvoisier Exclusif won the Best Overall Cognac Award at the same prestigious awards.
 

In 2006 Courvoisier was the first luxury spirits label that launched a perfume, a men’s fragrance called “L’Edition Imperiale”.

Visit Courvoisier

Courvoisier boasts an entirely renovated museum in Jarnac withmultimedia 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.

Q&A

18 comments for Courvoisier Cognac

John Alves 2015-04-16

I got a bottle of VSOP at a duty free in Doha. It had lost over 100ml in the 4 hour flight. The box was soaking wet and ruined other stuff in the bag. Even the cheapest liquor would not leak that bad.

Charlie 2013-09-02

Happened to me too. Bought an XO bottle in a duty free in Guatemala. When I got home the box managed to get soaked in cognac. I'm not happy

Ado 2013-07-18

I have a bottle of cognac from 1806 Pierre Ferrand domain Marie with certificate .This bottle is 33 from 60.how much is worth?

Steve Shin 2013-07-18

I have a Courvoisier Erte Cognac No.2 / Vendanges / 75cl / 40% unopened in an original box. If you are interested in, please make an offer. Thank you! Steve from Seoul.

Michael Gotsalk 2013-05-07

On April 21, 2013, I purchased a bottle of V.S.O.P. at the duty free store in Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time I arrived to my home in Vancouver, British Columbia, about 40 ml of cognac leaked around the cork and the metallic foil. The bottle had an ID 3-049917-210172. I would expect a better quality control of the corking procedure.

Julie 2013-04-20

I have a very old bottle of courvoisier very special with no UPC code or year. It has a lot number of 013669. Wondering the age and value. It is unopened. Please get back to me.

Michelle 2013-04-20

I also have just been given a sealed cannon cognac bottle and was looking for more information about it. The history behind it and it's value. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Dave 2013-04-09

I have an unopened bottle of Courvoisier VSOP cognac from the 60's. Looking to sell. Good story behind bottle ala Soprano's.

timle 2013-04-09

Please let me know how much for 1960's Couroisier Napoleon Cognac Cannon . Thank you

Mark 2013-02-19

I also have a unopened 1/2 gallon bottle of Courvoisier Cognac VS, in the canon display, which was given to my family in 1960 and looking for it's worth. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Francis Humphrey 2012-12-26

I just got one of those canon bottles also. Lable is hard to read. Can someone please provide some info? Thanks in advance

George 2012-12-25

Hello, Since I buy France cognac Courvoisier for a long time, I have a question, the cognac is made up only from white grapes?

bill 2012-12-21

i also have a cannon bottle what is the aprox value of it

Martin Castro 2012-11-15

I also have the same cannon bottle and would like to know more about it and the aprox value of it. Thanks!

Paul Potgieter 2012-09-17

I have a bottle of Courvoisier Cognac which is mounted like a canon. I see that there is also another person with the same bottle on this web page. Could you please give me moe information and what this bottle it worth. It was a gift that my grand father received and it is in our family for the last +- 50 years. I would like to know what is this bottle worth. It is still unopend.

Nathan 2012-09-04

Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821. His death then pre dates the arrival of Courvoisier. Perhaps the reference is to a later Emperor Napoleon or maybe you have your facts muddled up about the birth of the cognac house.

Jaco venter 2012-04-05

Hi i have an old very old bottle of courvoisier cognac it is mounted on two wheels so that it looks like a canon i was told it was made in the 1800 s can you please tell me what such a collectors item would be worth approxemately please i am just wondering seeming that the brand is so prestigous please i ask your help

Napoleon fan 2012-03-11

courvoisier is the classiest cognac brand, it is, Napoleon's brandy, after all!