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The story of the cognac house of Courvoisier started early in the 19th century when Emmanuel Courvoisier established his cognac business in Jarnac and Louis Gallois separately established his wine and spirit wholesale business in the Parisian suburb of Bercy.
In 1811 Napoléon visited Gallois' cellars in Bercy where he was hosted by Louis Gallois, the Mayor and Emmanuel Courvoisier. This heralded the beginning of a relationship between Courvoisier and the imperial courts of Napoléon I, II and III.
Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois founded the Courvoisier Company and in 1835 built the imposing Le Chateau de Cognac Courvoisier, not in the city of Cognac but in Jarnac - a small town of 5,000 people and one of the two other main cognac towns, along with Segonzac. Courvoisier's chateau stands proud on the bank of the Charente River, dominating the waterfront beside the bridge, across which you enter the town.