Courvoisier launches four limited edition CognacsBy Amy Hopkins
Courvoisier has launched a four-strong range of limited edition Cognacs exclusively in the UK market, ranging from £1,100 to £50,600.
The new range has been hand crafted by Courvoisier master blender Patrice Pinet, who selected the liquid from the château’s Paradis cellar, which contains the brand’s rarest Cognacs.
Said to “tell the story” of Courvoisier through the ages and celebrating the work of its six master blenders, the range consists of: Courvoisier Reserve 1978, Courvoisier Heritage De Louis Renard, L’Esprit de Joséphine, and Courvoisier Tribute Borderies.
Courvoisier Reserve 1978, priced £1,000, was first selected for a “privileged ageing” after Courvoisier’s previous master blender Jean-Marc Olivier noted the “exceptional quality” of the vintage. Matured for 35 years, the expression is described as having notes of honey, ripe plums, wood and mushroom.
Courvoisier Heritage De Louis Renard, priced £7,500, is a blend of Cognacs dating from 1860 to 1914, which were matured by Louis Renard, Courvoisier’s first master blender of the 20th Century. Distilled during the Paris Golden Age, the Cognacs were blended around the 1893 vintage “for balance, richness and depth”.
Next in the range is L’Esprit de Joséphine (£9,715), a tribute to the first French empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, grandmother of Napoleon III. Limited to 14 Lalique crystal decanters, the Cognac uses liquid dating back to the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, and has floral notes which celebrate’s Joséphine’s famed rose garden.
Finally, the Courvoisier Tribute Borderies, priced £51,600, is made from single estate grapes in the Borderies region and contained in a dames-jeanne (demijohn), which can be decantered into bespoke 43 70cl bottles. Matured in French Limousin oak casks for 50 years, the expression was transferred into the dames-jeannes in 2009.
Those who purchase one of the five available dames-jeannes will also have the opportunity to visit Couvoisier’s chåteau and Paradis cellar, have dinner with Patrice Pinet and take part in a guided tasting.
“This is a remarkable time for Courvoisier,” said Chris Anderson, UK marketing controller for luxury brands at Maxxium, UK distributor of Courvoisier. “These new expressions strongly reinforce Courvoisier’s number one position in the UK marketplace as a luxury brand at the forefront of innovation.
“Courvoisier is a storied Cognac and with the release of these limited editions, the heritage and creative expertise that is involved in producing Courvoisier can be told through the rich aromatic liquid our master blender has been able to achieve.”
This month, Courvoisier also launched its Extravagance bottling as a travel retail exclusive.