L'Essence de Courvoisier

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 42%

Proof: 84°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of France France

A blend of over 100 rare eau-de-vie from Grande Champagne and Borderies, including special Paradis reserves from the early 20th century and stocks from the 1970s and 1980s. The unusual strength of 42% arose from a desire not over dilute and so maintain full flavour extraction.

French crystal house Baccarat developed the unique hand-crafted decanter which hangs suspended in a thin metal frame. Courvoisier's association with Napoléon and the legend of Napoléon's ten signet rings influenced the decanter's design. It is said that the rings were designed by Napoléon's official jeweller, Marie-Etienne Nitot and were bestowed upon favoured military commanders who had committed noble acts. The decanter's stopper replicates elements of Napoléon's seal.

Launched at a dinner held at London’s Harrods' wine and spirit department on 8th September 2009, this cognac is the result of four years of development and marks the retirement of Courvoisier's fifth Master Blender, Jean-Marc Olivier. After the launch of this cognac and 22 years as Master Blender he handed over to his successor Patrice Pinet, a long-time member of the firm's seven strong Blending Committee. It was this committee that worked to identify and select suitable casks for L'Essence de Courvoisier. These selections were made with a view to both quality and there being sufficient stocks to be able to offer this blend for decades to come rather than it being a limited edition.

Review and Tasting

Sampled before 1st May 2011


Aromas of sandalwood and cigar tobacco are joined by amaretto-like notes with toffee, marzipan and fresh honey.


The full-bodied, wonderfully rounded palate is surprisingly fruity (dried plum and apricot) with subtle spicy liquorice.


The finish is warm and clean with just enough oak.

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about L'Essence de Courvoisier

Produced by: Courvoisier S.A.
Owned by: Beam Suntory
UK distribution by: Edrington-Beam Suntory

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