Courvoisier 12 is blended from components that are at least 12 years old. The grapes come from three areas within the Cognac region (primarily The Borderies, with a sprinkling from Grande Champagnes and Fins Bois). The Courvoisier 21 is a blend of components entirely from Grande Champagne and was distilled in the year when Solidarity overthrew the communist regime in Poland and Gladys Knight and the Pips were officially disbanded.
This cognac contains the finest eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne cru, the most exclusive in the Cognac region, that have been aged in our warehouses for over two decades in hand selected Troncais oak barrels. 21 years is the perfect time for these specific eaux-de-vie to develop their full richness and heightened aromatic style.On the nose, the first notes are dried hazelnut, dried apricots and figs, followed slowly by notes of cocoa, honey and smooth spices like white pepper and coriander. The finish brings subtle notes of leather and fine cigar.On the palate, the aromatic notes deepen into candied orange and gingerbread, leading to a smooth and voluptuous finish with exquisite depth that seems to go on forever.
Cognac is a living, breathing product. Over the years, the eaux-de-vie is in permanent contact with the oak casks, a natural interaction that gives our cognac its rich colour and complex bouquet. To be legally called cognac, eaux-de-vie must be aged for at least two and half years. Every additional years adds richness and smoother flavours, so even our youngest cognac, Courvoisier VS, uses eaux-de-vie that has been aged for up to eight years.
After being pressed, our Ugni Blanc grape juice naturally ferments for seven days, the fruit sugars transforming it into a sumptuous wine ready for distillation. The clear wine is fruity, dry, slighltly acidic and about 9% by volume. We insist on Micro distilling, where our wine growers ferment their wine in small batches before we select only the very best to go forward for distillation.