We have to say, the Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac has certainly stood the test of time. Created in 1910 as a celebration of the house's unique relationship with France's first emperor, Courvoisier have never needed to change or even tweak this timeless recipe. It's a blend of both Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie, the oldest of which has been aged for two decades.
The result is a Cognac that's seductive and inviting, with signature notes of dried apricots, sandalwood, and mushroom. Mellow yet powerful, it first delights on the nose, then continues the journey in the mouth. And naturally, it has a long and satisfying finish.
Such a Cognac can't fail but be recognized by the industry, and it's deservingly won the following awards:
2007 San Francisco International Wine Competition - Double Gold Medal
2006 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver Medal
Golden Hachete - 1 star
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Tasting revew by Patrice Pinet. Courvosier Master Blender:
“A subtle harmony of sandalwood, dried apricots and mushroom. This voluptuous ‘Fine Champagne’ lingers in the mouth with great depth and length on the palate"
I tried this Cognac a night ago and decided to wait to write an evaluation. The nose I definitely the strongest suite of this offering from Courvoisier, and reminds me of a fine summer day with aromas of blossoms and to my senses, ripe dark plums. The palate was round and flavorful, but somewhat indistinct as to the flavors noted. Slightly sweet, and somewhat spicy. The finish was pleasant and not at all harsh, with the cinnamon and nutmeg coming through with a slight oaky tone. I rated it lower than usual on basis of the cost for value received. I have enjoyed both Daniel Boujou VSOP and Remy Martin XO more by way of comparison, but that's in line with my personal tastes and not a knock on this particular offering. Overall a Cognac that I would be proud to serve to a guest in my home. More a matter of personal taste at this level of Cognac.