Growth area & soil: 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.
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...
About Courvoisier Cognac
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.
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