Courvoisier is releasing a limited edition L’Essence de Courvoisier to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in 2014, the year of the Horse. The highly collectable and exclusive redesign of the prestigious L’Essence bottle launched back in 2010, represents both the heritage of Courvoisier and its future. This special edition of Curvoisier L’Essence Year of the Horse comes in a Baccarat decanter engraved with an image of Napoleon on his horse, edged in a soft brown leather harness. As the cognac of Napoleon, the signature decanter is complete with an ornate crystal stopper, inspired by Napoleon’s signet ring, which he bestowed upon commanders in his military to commemorate noble acts of power and bravery.
The premium cognac itself is the lasting legacy of Courvoisier’s fifth Master Blender, Jean-Marc Olivier, which is a result of exceptional blends combined with the rarest eaux-de-vie from the centuries old Courvoisier Paradis cellar. Boasting exquisite notes of sandalwood and cigar leaves, followed by toffee, marzipan and honey from fresh mountain flowers, L’Essence blends a full-bodied and rich palate of licorice, dried plum and apricot, building to a smoldering intensity and finishing with the delicate perfume of May blossom. L’Essence is best served over ice, chilled or neat.
“L’Essence de Courvoisier is a precious and exquisite cognac—the jewel in the crown of Courvoisier collection—and we are excited to be launching a limited-edition bottle in celebration of the Chinese New Year,” said Claire Richards, Director of World Whisky & Cognac at Beam. “The horse is a universal symbol of victory, drive and passion and is a perfect representation of the heritage of Courvoisier and the revolutionary spirit symbolized by Napoleon. As such, the onset of this Chinese New Year was the perfect time to unveil an exclusive release and commemorate the Year of the Horse.”
L’Essence de Courvoisier Year of the Horse has a world-wide limited run of only 1,000 bottles in select U.S. and international markets with a SRP of $3,500 beginning February 1, 2014.