Grand Marnier Cuvee Du Cent cinquantenaire
Launched by Jacques Marnier Lapostolle, the company’s CEO, in 1977 to commemorate the 150 anniversary of the House of Grand Marnier, this opulent blend, presented in a unique decater, was created for cognac enthusiasts. It combines essence of orange with very old cognacs mainly from Grand Champagne, the most prestigious production area in the Cognac region.
The epitome of Grand Marnier’s Luxury and authenticity, the bottle’s distinctive ” Art Nouveau” decoration is still hand-finished today.
Forefather, Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle, built the original distillery in Neauphe-le-Château, a small city outside of Paris, in 1827. It was there that he followed his dream of creating blended spirits from fine Cognac and natural fruits. Still owned and operated by the same family, what started as a modest business eventually gave birth to one of the most iconic brands in the global spirits industry.
Louis-Alexandre Marnier asked Eugéne Lapostolle, son of Jean-Baptiste, for his daughter Julia’s hand in marriage in 1876. The Marnier family were wine merchants who distributed Lapostolle’s products in the Sancerre region in France. Their union, created from this business relationship, became truly a family affair when their names were joined to create the House of Marnier Lapostolle.
A connoisseur of fine Cognac, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle had the innovative idea of blending the smooth complexity of Cognac with a rare variety of orange from the Caribbean called “Citrus Bigaradia”. At the time, oranges were considered a luxury item, exotic and expensive, so the idea of blending them was not only unprecedented, but avant-garde. The still secret recipe is, to this day, the original formula.
The Château de Bourg-Charente was acquired by the Marnier Lapostolles in 1921 to serve as the heart of the family business. It is nestled atop a hill in the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Originally built as a castle in the 13th century, it is now both a family residence and also the principle property to house and mature their Cognacs. To this day, every drop of Cognac in their products has been selected, aged and blended at the Château in one of the property’s eight cellars that jointly hold some 30,000 casks of the world’s finest Cognac.
This limited annual release was first introduced in 2011 as the ultimate expression from the House of Marnier Lapostolle. It is a blend of XO Cognacs, sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne, and exceptionally rare old vintages from the private family Cognac reserves. Their rare Cognac blend is then combined with an exacting and time-consuming double distillation of Grand Marnier’s signature wild tropical oranges after maceration. This extra step in the process creates a more velvety and concentrated orange perfume that perfectly balances the blend of fine, old Cognacs. The final blend is then aged in French oak casks to allow the flavors to mature together; producing the perfect balance and quintessential taste. Only 1,000 produced with each release.