Quality description or indication of the ripening time at spirits with a particularly long ripening time. At the cognac this applies to products that are at least six years old, but can be up to 100 years old. The name came from the cognac house Courvoisier introduced when the French emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) abdicated in 1814 and wanted to emigrate to the United States. For this, he was provided with a special cognac. The name is also used by many producers of Armagnac and Calvados used for their best products.