Courvoisier creates Bourbon cask-finished ‘spirit drink’

7th February, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Beam Suntory-owned Courvoisier has kicked off its new Avant-Garde series with a Bourbon cask-finished expression.

Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Finish is the first expression in the new Avant-Garde range

The limited edition Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Finish is a VS expression finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks. According to Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) regulations, the Bourbon barrel ageing process does not allow it to be classified as a Cognac, and as such, it is labelled a ‘spirit drink’.

The extra ageing is said to give the expression an “elegant and velvety finish with tasting notes of vanilla, honey and sweet marmalade”. On the palate, it is described as having notes of “soft smoky leather and sweet orange”.

The 40% ABV bottling was created by Courvoisier’s master blender, Patrice Pinet, and master distiller Benoît Desutter.

“We’re thrilled to release Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask Edition, a first-of-its-kind expression for the House of Courvoisier,” said Stephanie Kang, senior marketing director for Courvoisier.

“With the help of our local artisans and winegrowers in our hometown of Jarnac, we were able to develop an innovation that is sure to appeal to Cognac and Bourbon drinkers alike.”

Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Finish is available exclusively in the US for a limited time, priced at US$39.99 per 750ml.

In September 2017, Courvoisier moved into cask finishing with the launch of an expression finished in Sherry casks.

Last month, Pinet said the Cognac house has enough stock to meet demand after it was affected by poor weather conditions in 2017 and 2019.

One Response to “Courvoisier creates Bourbon cask-finished ‘spirit drink’”

  1. Sam Jones says:

    It should be noted that BNIC regulations prevent this spirit from being labeled or marketed as a cognac. It must be sold as either an “Eau de Vie du Vin” or as a “Spirit Drink”

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