At the beginning of the 19th century, Frenchman Emmanuel Courvoisier, originally from the Jura region, started out as a wine merchant in Paris. Together with a partner, one of the largest wine and spirits warehouses in France was built, which in 1811 was even emperor Napoleon
(1769-1821) visited. Félix-Joseph Courvoisier (the son) and Louis-Jules Gallois then founded the Cognac Company in 1835 in Jarnac. Although this was thus founded only a few years after Napoleon's death, the ex-emperor is said to have taken several barrels into exile on the island of Saint Helena (perhaps a precursor). During the political upheaval in 1848, Félix-Joseph distinguished himself by reassuring the population and was awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor. In 1869, the company became the purveyor to Napoleon III. (1808-1873). In 1909 the company was sold to the English family Simon. Here, the famous cognac brand "Napoleon" was introduced with a silhouette of the Corsican on the label. This quality for the oldest and best cognacs
The highest class "Account 6" is used today by many cognac houses for their best products.
Today, the company Courvoisier is one of the four largest Cognac producers and delivers to over 160 countries in the world. The grapes are supplied by 1,500 winegrowers from the four best areas of Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies, which are processed in two separate and four other distilleries. Every year, 2,000 new oak barrels are made from the forests in the center of France. The annual production is around 90 million bottles. The large product range includes the "Initial Extra" (replaced the Extra Vieille), a VS (mainly from Fins Bois), the XO "Imperial" and the "Napoleon". The "Collection Erté" was started in 1988. It consists of seven different cognacs, which are bottled in glass decanters created by the French Art Deco master Erté. The last one was created in 1994, entitled "La Part des Anges" (share of angels) and contains distillates from the Paradis
back to the year 1892. They are limited with 12,000 bottles each.