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Grand Marnier Cuvee

Grand Marnier
Cuvée du


By Robert Plotkin

Grand Marnier Cuvée du cent-cinquantenaire may very well be the height of sophistication. Introduced in 1977 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Marnier-Lapostolle, this magnificent liqueur is the company's crowning achievement.

Grand Marnier Cuvee du cent-cinquantenaire is skillfully crafted at the Marnier-Lapostolle distillery in Neauphle-le-Château. After the infusion of Haitian orange peels and barrel-aged cognacs have been redistilled, they're blended with exceptionally old, Grande Champagne cognacs ranging in age up to 50 years. The liqueur is then aged at least two more years in Limousin oak barrels in the Marnier-Lapostolle cognac cellars.

The Cuvée du cent-cinquantenaire is a luxurious liqueur. It has a burnished amber hue and a delicate, silky smooth body. The wafting bouquet is lavishly endowed with the aromas of well-aged cognac and citrus. It has a sensationally full and rich palate prominently featuring the flavor of cognac with vibrant orange notes. The finish is delectably long and warming.

In 1927, the company celebrated its centenary with the release of Grand Marnier Cuvée du centenaire. It is made on a base of Petite and Grande Champagne cognacs that have been aged a minimum of 25 years in Limousine oak barrels. To these exquisite brandies is added the distilled essence of wild Haitian orange peels. After blending the liqueur is further aged in oak casks. It is bottled at 80 proof.

To fully appreciate their grandeur, allow them to fully aerate in a snifter or brandy glass. The longer you wait, the better they'll become.