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Marnier Lapostolle

Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle founded a small one in Neauphle-Le-Château near Paris in 1827 distillery, Under his son Eugène, the company became very successful and began cognac to create. His son-in-law Louis Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle created a new one in 1880 liqueur made from cognac and an essence of Caribbean bitter oranges (Bigaradia), which was served under the name "Grand Marnier" after a short time as a popular fashion drink and at many European rulers. Today Grand Marnier is the best known and most widely used French liqueur in the world. This is best served after a good meal digestif Serve neat, but is also used in many cocktails and desserts used.

Marnier-Lapostolle - Grand Marnier bottle and advertisement from 1906

The amber-colored liqueur with copper-red clay in the core and 40% vol alcohol content is produced in different versions. The best-selling brand is "Red Label" or "Cordon Rouge" or simply "Grand Marnier". For the "Yellow Label" or liqueur called "Cordon Jaune", no cognac, but neutral alcohol is used. This brand is similar in taste to the Cointreau. The "Louis Alexandre" named after the company founder is made with cognacs from the Petite Champagne and Borderies areas. It is less sweet than the Cordon Rouge. The "Cuvée du Centenaire" was created in 1927 for the centenary of the company.

Up to 25 year old cognacs from Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne are used. In 1977, the top brand "Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire" was created to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. Only cognacs from the Grande Champagne range with an age of up to 50 are used. On everyone labels the production date and even the time are noted. For example, the code “L0136515” means that the bottle was produced in 2001, on the 365th day (December 31st) between 3:00 p.m. and 3:59 p.m. The company also produces a cognac under the brand name "Marnier" in three different qualities VS, VSOP (Fine Champagne) and "Grande Fine Champagne XO". It will also be a Armagnac called "Lapostolle" and a Pineau des Charentes produced. The Chilean winery also belongs to the property Lapostolle,

Image: left: By Simon A. Eugster - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 , link

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