A special blend introduced for the Millenium and crafted from eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions blended with mature Borderies for extra smoothness.
A one-off production for this auspicious event, it is now highly collectible.
One of the more rare cognacs, Courvoisier Millennium Cognac is exceptionally smooth and slightly sweeter than others.
Founded in 1809 in Paris by Emmanuel Courvoisier and Louis Gallois, Courvoisier was originally a distributor for other Cognac houses until they decided that the only way to guarantee the finest Cognac was to make it themselves. With this in mind, the business was relocated by their two sons to Cognac in 1828. It was subsequently sold in 1909 to the Simon family from England. Today it is owned by Japanese company Beam Suntory.
Back to the Days of Napoleon
With the fires of the French Revolution still smouldering, and a country in recovery from the greatest and bloodiest political upheaval in its history, France's first Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, took the Imperial throne. In this uncertain climate, Emmanuel Courvoisier, our founder, and Louis Gallois, the mayor of Bercy, decided to open a wine and spirit company on the outskirts of Paris, just north of the river Seine. Bercy was the perfect location for their business. It was close to the river for easy transport, already had a thriving wine trade and sat just outside the thick Paris city walls, so they didn't have to pay taxes.
Louis Gallois and Emmanuel Courvoisier's reputation grew quickly amongst brandy connoisseurs, so much so that their warehouses in Bercy were honoured with a visit from the Emperor himself, Napoleon Bonaparte. Perhaps inspired by what he tasted, Napoleon started giving a ration of cognac to troops in his artillery companies to lift their morale during the ongoing Napoleonic Wars, saying, "while you are on the march, [I] have issued to your forces, as much as may be possible, wine in the evening and cognac in the morning."
After his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled to the remote island of St Helena, in the wild Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Africa and South America. Legend has it that he chose several casks of cognac as his one granted item of luxury, a treat much appreciated by the English officers on board HMS Northumberland during their 67-day voyage. They named it 'The Brandy of Napoleon'
Did you know?
The most renowned celebrities toasted their glorious achievements with fine cognac high on the Eiffel Tower, during the inauguration party of the Universal Exhibition in 1889.
A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
40% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||1 unit per 25ml|
|Allergen Information||Does not contain sulphites|