The Courvoisier history starts at the beginning of the 19th century with Emmanuel Courvoisier and his partner Louis Gallois opening a wine and spirits business in the Parisian suburb Bercy.
In 1811 Napoleon visited their business in Bercy and was hosted by Louis Gallois, the Director, and Emmanuel Courvoisier. Legend says that Napoleon brought various barrels of their cognac with him to Saint Helena.
In 1843, Emmanuel´s son Felix Courvoisier and his partner Jules Gallois established the COURVOISIER® business. When Felix died in 1866, his cousins and partners -The Curlier brothers- took the reins of COURVOISIER®.
The reputation of COURVOISIER® as the finest existing cognac was strengthened by Napoleon III who granted COURVOISIER® the title of "Official Supplier to the Imperial Court" in 1869. This certificate is now displayed in the COURVOISIER® Jarnac museum, with other Napoleonic artefacts.
In 1909, the English family Simon took the reins of the business COURVOISIER® and started to construct the COURVOISIER® brand and develop its global reputation. The two internationally recognized symbols of the brand, the Napoleon silhouette and the Josephine bottle, were introduced in 1950.
COURVOISIER® now belongs to Jim Beam Global, one of the largest alcohol businesses in the world. Nevertheless, COURVOISIER® continues maintaining its same standards and tradition introduced by its founder more than 200 years ago.
Created at the beginning of the 20th century to celebrate the relationship between COURVOISIER® and the Napoleon family. COURVOISIER® Napoleon has converted into the symbol of the classic, traditional cognac.
A timeless blend of matured Grande and Petite Champagnes, aged at their peak. This is the Napoleon cognac by which all others are judged. Its is the original Napoleon cognac, created to honor Napoleon's love of Courvoisier.