- 2 Place Du Château
- Jarnac (ZIP Code 16200)
- Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
- 05 45 35 55 16
- 05 45 35 55 00
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Through 200 years of hard work and international recognition, Courvoisier cognac has cemented itself as part of history, culture, and art. Forward-thinking and revolutionary, their name is synonymous with quality and prestige.
Courvoisier was founded just ten years after the French Revolution, in 1809, when Napoleon Bonaparte was Emperor of France. Emmanuel Courvoisier and Louis Gallois built their wine and spirit company in Bercy, on the outskirts of Paris. The Emperor himself visited the Courvoisier warehouses in 1811. He liked their cognac so much that he took casks of it into exile with him. It is Napoleon’s silhouette that has graced the label of every bottle since 1910.
In 1828, Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois, the founders’ sons, moved the company headquarters to Jarnac, in the heart of Cognac country, where it remains today. With this move, they wanted to better control the quality of their product.
While the company has slowly changed hands over the years, the popularity of Courvoisier has continued to grow. It has graced the tables of European royalty and was used to celebrate the grand opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.
In 1951, the current “Josephine” bottle was released. Named after Napoleon’s first wife, its wide base and narrow neck has become synonymous with fine cognac around the world.
Up to the 1980s, Courvoisier continued to invest in changes to their process in hopes of creating an even better, richer Cognac. These innovations included micro-distillation, investing in their own French oak barrels, and the creation of more balanced aromas.
In 1983, Courvoisier was awarded the “Prestige de la France” award, the highest accolade for quality in France. They remain the only cognac house to receive this award.
Courvoisier offers a range of cognacs, the youngest of which is 3-7 years old and the oldest of which dates back to the early 1900s. They have a cognac available for every taste and budget.
The major grades of cognac come from English abbreviations: VS (Very Special), VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale), and XO (eXtra Old).
Courvoisier only uses Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois grapes for their cognacs, all which are grown in centre of the Cognac region.
Other Relevant Information
All cognac is brandy but not all brandy is cognac. To qualify as a cognac, a spirit must adhere to strict requirements in regards to fermentation, distillation, and ageing. It also must be produced in the Cognac region of France.
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