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Grand Heritage

Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle had the eccentric idea to create something avant-garde — a “Grand” liqueur that would captivate the world for over six generations. Explore the extraordinary story of
Grand Marnier.

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the founding

Jean Baptiste Lapostolle, a distiller of fine fruit liqueurs, built what would become Grand Marnier’s first distillery in Neauphle-le-Château, a small city outside of Paris.

1827

L'ALLIANCE

It was in 1876 that Julia, granddaughter of Jean Baptiste Lapostolle, married Louis-Alexandre Marnier. La Maison Marnier Lapostolle was born.

1876

A UNIQUE BLEND

Louis-Alexandre Marnier had the eccentric idea to combine refined French cognac with a rare variety of bitter orange from the Caribbean. It was the beginning of Grand Marnier.

1880

A GRAND NAME

The story of Grand Marnier is one of loyal friendship between two audacious innovators and ambitious men, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle and César Ritz, famous founder of the Ritz Hotel. When Louis-Alexandre created his recipe, he named it Curaçao Marnier. César Ritz came up with the name ‘Grand Marnier,’ “A Grand Name for a ‘Grand Liqueur!”

1880

A Unique Icon

Louis-Alexandre immediately trademarked the iconic bottle — inspired by the silhouette of a traditional cognac still — the red ribbon and the wax seal. These elements became the signature of Cordon Rouge, still used today.

1892

EXTRAVAGANCE

Grand Marnier was a liqueur of its own and a must-have at Parisian Soirées during the culturally exuberant period of La Belle Époque. During these decadent times, Grand Marnier was served in prestigious establishments like the Savoy Hotel and the Ritz Hotel.

1880 - 1914

A GRAND CENTURY

Icons are special — they all share a magnetic power and allure. That’s why, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of La Maison, some of the finest artists created original designs of the famous bottle, inspired by the Art Nouveau style.

1927

A GRAND COCKTAIL SCENE

Grand Marnier greatly expanded its trade, primarily to the United States, where the Grand Margarita became a great success in the ’80s.

1980s

CAMPARI GROUP

Campari Group acquired the Grand Marnier brand, which, after almost 200 years, continues to represent an icon of French sophistication around the world.

2016
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