In 1880, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, blended fine cognac with a rare, bitter orange liqueur. His success in building Grand Marnier awarded him the “Legion d’Honneur” bestowed by the President of the Republic of France.
The appeal and excellence of this exquisite creation was recognized by Louis-Alexandre’s dear friend César Ritz, who suggested he give Grand Marnier its current name, stating it was “a Grand name for a Grand product.” Ever since that defining moment, the vision to “Live Grand” was a driving force that guided Louis-Alexandre’s life and continues to guide Grand Marnier’s ethos today. To “Live Grand” centers on the journey of taking a good experience and transforming it into a Grand one.
Today the House of Grand Marnier, best known for its award-winning, French luxury liqueur, honors his memory, his boldness, and his joie de vivre with the launch of the eponymous Cuvée Louis Alexandre. This new VSOP expression joins the Cuvée Collection, a lauded selection of the world’s finest cognac-based liqueurs.
Master Blender Patrick Raguenaud – President of the Professional National Cognac Bureau adds, “Cuvée Louis Alexandre is an exquisite liqueur and a fitting tribute to Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle. I was inspired by his fearless drive to push boundaries and create something truly unique.”
Cuvée Louis Alexandre is 82% cognac and 18% orange liqueur. The cognacs used in this premium Cuvée come from the finest growing areas in the Cognac region and are carefully aged in Tronçais and Limousin oak casks in Bourg-Charente.
Grand Marnier Cuvee Louis Alexandre (80 proof)
Visual: Light copper.
Nose: Tantalizing bitter orange nose with a hint of spiciness. There is a dark richness here akin of fresh apricot.
Taste: I’m impressed by the blending. The liqueur adds just enough of a sweet and fruity coloration to the cognac, making this more of flavored brandy than an orange liqueur. This actually serves it quite well. The cognac is heady and full of character, and retains a cohesiveness and assuredness.
Finish: Medium long, with the orange flavor hanging on for a few minutes.
Overall: Would recommend this in place of the flagship Grand Marnier if you’re looking for a less sweet cocktail. But, it stands on its own quite well and makes a lovely pousse-café.
GSN Rating: A-
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