BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Spirits: Courvoisier l’Essence Year of the Horse

In 2010, the House of Courvoisier’s fifth master blender, the now-retired Jean-Marc Olivier, created a lasting legacy known as l’Essence. This formidable blend contained more than 100 rare eaux-de-vie dating from the early 20th century, 1970s, and 1980s, all of them selected from Courvoisier’s historic Paradis cellar. Golden bronze in color, this spirit’s almost fathomless […]

Cognac Concoctions

The simple but balanced sidecar, perhaps the best-known Cognac-based libation, is widely believed to have originated in early 20th-century Paris, at either Harry’s New York Bar or the Ritz Paris. Nearly a century later, gifted mixologists such as Josh Davis of Chicago are crafting exquisite modifications of the archetypal recipe. Davis’s Spoken Word combines bright […]

A Cognac Fit for Royalty

As the bucolic Charente River flows silently past the majestic Château Courvoisier, one would hardly guess that the musty Paradis cellars of this historic Cognac house sequester some of the oldest eaux-de-vie in France. It was from these aging barrels that more than 100 precious Cognacs from the two most exclusive crus—Grande Champagne and Borderies—have […]

A Rosé by Any Other Name…

One has to admire the “out-of-the-snifter” approach of Courvoisier, founded in 1834 and one of the four leading Cognac houses, which has now taken this classic digestif from an after-dinner setting and placed it at the opposite end of the evening, as an aperitif. Or even as a before-lunch libation. It is the bright pink […]

Courvoisier 21 Cognac

This newly introduced Grande Champagne Cognac—part of the launch of the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection—is the first to declare an age statement on the bottle (as opposed to a vintage year). The youngest eau-de-vie in this blend comes from wines harvested in October 1988 and distilled from November of that year until March 1989. All the […]

Courvoisier Initiale Extra Cognac

Tasting Notes Black truffles, plums, and cinnamon. Worth Knowing Courvoisier is the only Cognac house to use their own, specially built and designed barrels to achieve their distinctive taste. Note Prices are average retail and do not reflect local or state taxes.