Courvoisier Vintage Connoisseur Collection 21 Years Cognac
Groeigebied (Cru) & bodem: Grande Champagne
The Art of Maturation: a 21-Year-Old Courvoisier Vintage
The Courvoisier Vintage Connoisseur Collection 21 Years Cognac contains the finest eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne cru, arguably the most exclusive Cognac-making region, that have been aged in the cellars at Maison Courvoisier for over two decades. The barrels chosen have been made of fine-grained oak from the Tronçais forest, the perfect choice for extended maturation periods. The age statements used for the Connoisseur Collection are rather unusual; as Cognac cannot normally declare age statements because of BNIC restrictions (tracking, certification), Courvoisier had the smart idea to develop an in-house tracking system over 20 years ago to allow declaration of age on specific eaux-de-vie. While other producers rely on rough estimates, Courvoisier has moved ahead of the other major players in this regard.
It was during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule, after the French Revolution, that Courvoisier Cognac first started to take shape. In the outskirts of Paris, in a town called Bercy outside the city walls, Emmanuel Courvoisier opened up a wine and spirits shop with the help of the town’s mayor Louis Gallois. The location was perfect; close to the river for easy transport, free of city taxes and set in the middle of a bustling wine trade. Louis and Emmanuel's reputation grew quickly, so much that they were soon honoured with a visit from the Emperor himself, Napoleon Bonaparte. He eventually became the company’s best customer, having decided that the French troops should be given a ration of Cognac every day to boost morale.
After years of steady growth, the highly successful business was eventually handed over to Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois, the sons of Emmanuel and Louis. Together, the two men made one of the most significant changes to the House of Courvoisier: they moved their headquarters from Paris to the attractive town of Jarnac in the heart of the Cognac region.
From Napoleon Bonaparte to the royal households of Europe, Charles Dickens to Vivienne Westwood and Busta Rhymes, Courvoisier has perfected the art of making friends in high places for 200 years. Despite being one of the ‘big four’ Cognac producers, Courvoisier has always remained dedicated to craft and quality, carefully selecting grapes from only the finest crus for their eaux-de-vie and the best Limousin wood for their casks. This 21-year-old vintage Cognac is, of course, no exception.
- International Wine & Spirits Competition 2012 - Gold Medal
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 - Silver Medal
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 - Gold Medal
Presentation of the Bottle
The Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection comes in a straight, classic bottle with gold lettering. The presentation box exudes elegance, with textures reminiscent of toasted oak and a golden plaque.
How to Enjoy the Vintage Connoisseur Collection 21-Year-Old
We recommend savoring this vintage Cognac in a tulip glass, at room temperature. It’s also an excellent digestif after a heavy meal.
First Order: Customer for Life!
This was the first order for me from Cognac Expert and without hesitation this was one of the best online order experiences I've had. It's been difficult getting this cognac here in the US, so I was exstatic to find it and to then go through an order and receiving process that was absolutely first rate! I truly felt like they had my best interests in mind and provided fantastic customer service throughout the order process from initial placement to receiving my favorite juice!
As for the cognac, hands down my favorite sip in every way! One of my most enjoyable parts of getting a bottle of this is the initial uncorking, quickly grabbing a waft of the bananas foster-like essence as it first breathes from the bottle. From there, the nose hits the palate and the scent travels to the tongue, I smile and things seem to be right in the world, if even for just a moment. I only dream of being eloquent enough with my words to offer a "critics review" of this cognac, but I would likely fall well short of the experince this incredible cognac provides me. Instead I offer this, if you can find one and you can afford it, do not hesitate to provide yourself the opportunity to at least try this one, it's a treat and well worth it! For those who like the spicy, leather, mushroom or similar flavor palates, this won't likely make your favorites list, but if you prefer more bananas, dried fruit, caramel, and similar as I do, I don't think you will be disappointed. This has been and will be my absolute favorite cognac for overall dollars-per-enjoyment value, yes there are others that may bring a skosh more for the taste experience but not at all close for the price. Do not hesitate to get this in your cellar or on your bar shelf!
THIS IS A GREAT COGNAC
ONCE AGAIN, DOWN HERE IN THE SWAMP LANDS OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, LAKE CHARLES, I PURCHASED THIS AT THE HOKUS POKUS LIQUOR STORE( I SWEAR THATS THE NAME OF IT) , A FINE ESTABLISHMENT, VERY WELL STOCKED...AND DAMN..THIS IS A GREAT COGNAC...AND I LIKE IT...A LOT...GET YOU SOME..ON THE NOSE IT IS SUBLIME HINTS OF SPICE, FRUITS NOT FLAT, ON THE PALATE, SMOOTH, NO BITE...FINISH IS OUTSTANDING, LASTS A FEW MINS...VALUE?...WORTH IT...
Over Courvoisier Cognac
Courvoisier behoort tot de vier toonaangevende Cognachuizen in de wereld - ook wel bekend als de 'Grote Vier'. Volgens de legende koos keizer Napoléon zelf Courvoisier als zijn favoriete Cognac, daarom wordt Courvoisier ook wel "De Cognac van Napoleon" genoemd. Het bedrijf dateert van 1828 en heeft sindsdien haar hoofdkantoor in de stad Jarnac. Met prestigieuze flessen zoals Courvoisier Napoléon of Josephine staat het Cognachuis aan de top van de markt voor luxe gedistilleerde dranken. De Courvoisier VS, VSOP en Rose Liqueur zijn ook erg populair. De drank is sterk ingeburgerd in de Amerikaanse Hip Hop cultuur met Busta Rhymes en P.Diddy die het lied "Pass the Courvoisier" opdragen aan het traditionele merk.
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