The Grand Marnier® story began in 1827 when Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle founded a distillery in Neauphe-le-Château, France that produced fruit liqueurs. It was in 1876, when his granddaughter married Louis-Alexandre Marnier, the son of a wine-making family from the Sancerre region, that the Marnier Lapostolle family was born. A connoisseur of fine cognac, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle had the innovative idea of blending cognac with a rare variety of orange from the Caribbean the “Citrus bigaradia”. At the time, oranges were luxury items, consumed mostly at special occasions, like Christmas. By combining the complexity and mellowness of cognac with the exoticism of distilled essence of orange – according to a still-secret recipe – Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle created the famous liqueur in 1880. It is at the heart of the Cognac region, at the Château de Bourg-Charente, that the long process of creating the Marnier-Lapostolle products begins. Acquired in 1921 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, it has always been here that the cognacs that go into the making of Grand Marnier® liqueur have been selected, aged and blended. Société des Produits Marnier-Lapostolle is the world’s 5th largest purchaser of cognac and is supplied by nearly 200 of the region’s small-scale distillers or “bouilleurs de crus”. The Grand Marnier® bottle, with its cognac pot-still shape, wax seal, red ribbon and ivory label with gothic letters, has not changed in over 150 years. It is instantly recognizable. For over 25 years, Grand Marnier® has been the most widely exported French liqueur.
Deep bright brassy gold in appearance. Immediately impresses with its oh-so-fresh orange peel lift that delights the olfactory sense. Subsequent inspection locates the cognac, seamlessly integrated into the citrus, identifiable as hints dried fig and sweet cigar box and adding depth and complexity; Further exposure seems to melt the entirety into a stunning orange marmalade bliss, although the interchange between fresh peel and sweeter, heavier notes never really ends. Now orange cake, now hints of jaffa… The silky, creamy entry builds into a concentrated mid palate burst that’s initially sweet then tempered by tingling spices and gentle peel. Excellent palate length. Ends luxurious, long and perfectly poised with candied peel and gentle spirit warmth. Classic and deeply satisfying.