Courvoisier (French pronunciation: [kuʁvwazje]) is a brand of cognac owned by Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan. The production is based in the town of Jarnac in the Charente region of France.
Originally established in Paris, in the French suburb of Bercy in 1809, Emmanuel Courvoisier started a wine and spirit company with Louis Gallois, the then mayor of Bercy. Originally, Emmanuel and Louis would act as traders for the best cognacs of the region. Eventually, the two decided that the only way they could guarantee the very finest cognac was relocate to the region and become producers themselves. The 200 year old crafting process has not changed since Courvoisier’s establishment in Bercy.
Napoleon Bonaparte visited Bercy in 1811 as documented in a historic painting by Etienne Bouhot and later was credited for saying he wanted his artillery companies to have a ration of cognac during the Napoleonic Wars. Legend has it that Napoleon I later took several barrels of cognac with him to St Helena, a treat much appreciated by the English officers on the ship who named it 'The Cognac of Napoleon'.
In 1869, Napoleon Bonaparte’s heir, Napoleon III personally requested Courvoisier and bestowed the honourable title of “Official Supplier to the Imperial Court” which is still displayed at the Courvoisier museum in Jarnac.
Move to Jarnac
In 1828, Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois, the sons of Emmanuel and Louis wanted to improve the quality of cognac, moving the company to the heart of Cognac region in the town of Jarnac. In 1843, the COURVOISIER® brand was officially established and after Felix’s passing in 1866, his nephews, the Curlier brothers, took over the management of the business. By 1909, the business was sold to The Simon family from England, but still assumed its production and headquarters in the Jarnac region.
Located ten minutes from the town of Cognac, the main Courvoisier business operations still occur from the Château on the banks of the Charente river which was established in the 1870s.
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- Courvoisier VS
- Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne
- Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif
- Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne
- Courvoisier XO Imperial
- Courvoisier Initiale Extra
- Courvoisier Succession JS
- L'Esprit de Courvoisier
- Courvoisier 12
- Courvoisier 21
- Courvoisier Cour Imperiale Grand Champagne
Liquor ratings aggregator Proof66 lists the Courvoisier 21 among the Top 20 rated brandies/cognacs in the world.
In popular culture
- On Saturday Night Live and in a subsequent film, Tim Meadows portrayed The Ladies Man who always tempted women with a glass of Courvoisier.
- French cognac began enjoying a revival after a mention in Busta Rhymes' 2002 song, "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II".
- During the recording of the Fleetwood Mac album Rumours, Stevie Nicks claimed that Courvosier made for an "excellent singing potion" and regularly used it to prepare her voice for the studio recordings.
- In the 1975 Woody Allen film Love and Death, a spoof of Russian literature, someone bursts into the room and yells, "It's war! Napoleon has invaded Austria!" Boris, Woody's character, responds, "What—is he out of Courvoisier?"
- In the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, a Courvoisier VSOP bottle is served to Gareth Mallory (played by Ralph Fiennes) and M (Judi Dench).
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- Proof66.com Top 20 List
- French Cognac Makers Get A Boost From Rap Music
- Caillat, Ken (2012). Making Rumours. Wiley. pp. 67,148,319. ISBN 978-1-118-21808-2.
- Bond Lifestyle Courvoisier VSOP
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