COGNAC IS A OUTSTANDING SPIRIT WITH A FASCINATING HISTORY. THE ART OF MAKING GRAND MARNIER COGNAC HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED OVER THE CENTURIES, PASSED DOWN BY GENERATIONS OF DEDICATED MASTER BLENDERS.
Grapes are the heart and soul of Cognac. During the grape harvest, we source Ugni Blanc grapes from the Cognac region. This late-maturing variety has a good resistance to grey mould and produces a wine with two fundamental features: a high acidity level, and a generally low alcohol content.
We use traditional methods to turn grapes into our cognac. Unlike other spirits, each batch of cognac is double distilled in copper stills to give it its complex character. This process harnesses the highly aromatic “heart” of the liquid, comprising of the eau-de-vie that will develop into our Grand Marnier cognac.
The clear eau-de-vie resulting from distillation is aged in oak casks, which gives the cognac its distinctive colour. Grand Marnier’s process of barrelling and ageing eau-de-vie is an art in and of itself; both Tronçais and Limousin oak are used to achieve the right complexity. A slow transformation then takes place, where the liquid components mature with the flavours, aromas and tannins of the oak casks.
Cognac is rarely derived from a single eau-de-vie. With a great deal of expertise, paired with the intuition and methods transmitted from generation to generation, our Master Blender pairs different aged eaux-de-vie and crus in order to obtain a unique, complex and well-balanced XO, XXO and VSOP Grand Marnier cognac.