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Grand Marnier Cordin Rouge

Grand Marnier Cordin
Rouge Liqueur


By Robert Plotkin

Grand Marnier Cordin Rouge Liqueur ranks among the finest liqueurs on the planet and is spoken of with justifiable reverence.

This grand dame of liqueurs is the creation of the Lapostolle family, who in 1827 founded a distillery to produce liqueurs in the chateau country of France. By 1870, the firm was experimenting with different blends of cognac-based liqueurs. Louis-Alexandre Marnier hit on the notion of combining the peels of bitter Haitian oranges with Fine Champagne cognac. After a decade in development, Grand Marnier was introduced to the world in 1880.

Made in Neauphle-le-Château, Cognac, the liqueur is crafted exactly as it was over a century ago. The orange peels are first slowly macerated in cognac. The infused-spirit is redistilled, blended with the finest cognacs from each of the growing regions, and skillfully sweetened with sugar syrup. The liqueur is then barrel aged at the Marnier-Lapostolle cognac cellars at Château de Bourg.

To describe Grand Marnier as exquisite may be underselling it a bit. The liqueur has the captivating color of cognac with radiant yellow and gold highlights. Its lightweight body has the texture of satin and the generous citrus bouquet is laced with the aroma of brandy. The palate is an elegant array of sweet and sour orange flavors followed closely by a lingering cognac finish.

Mixologists around the globe treasure Grand Marnier for its enormous versatility in preparing cocktails. The liqueur adds both a brilliant orange flavor and the hue of well-aged cognac, the combined effect of which is incomparable.