Courvoisier has a traditional French Cognac heritage, but it also has many colourful and opulent associations. Throughout its early history, Courvoisier was the official supplier to the Imperial Courts and is known as the Cognac of Napoleon. To maintain its legendary quality, Courvoisier only uses Ugni Blanc grapes and these are chosen from the four finest Crus of the Cognac region: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. The double distillation process is specific to cognac, and takes place in a traditional Charentais pot still made of red copper. Produce from the first distillation, the "brouillis" is distilled a second time for "La Bonne Chauffe" The distiller must then separate the final product into 3 parts: the heads, the heart and finally the tails. Only the heart is used in the creation of Courvoisier Cognac.
Unlike many of its competitors Courvoisier uses smaller stills in the distillation of the wine to allow better control of the quality and complexity of the young cognac. Courvoisier always uses French oak to create its ageing barrels. French oak is preferred by spirit makers worldwide because its age and finer grain woods add superb complexity and finesse to the cognac.
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