An unofficial age designation, "Napoleon" Cognac is comparable to XO quality, meaning the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend needs to have aged for at least 10 years in oak barrels. The origin of this name goes back to the French Emperor Napoleon and the Cognac House Courvoisier.
Legend has it that Napoleon took crates of Courvoisier Cognac into exile with him to the island of St Helena, and the crew coined the Cognac as "Napoleon's Cognac". The average age of a Napoleon Cognac is around 20 years.
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