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Courvoisier Le Cognac de Napoleon V.S. Cognac, France

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Average Price $32 (USD)
(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)

Search Rank 1009 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 1009th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 2396th

Price History for Courvoisier Le Cognac de Napoleon V.S. Cognac, France
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Grape Variety

Brandy is the name used for a wide range of potable spirits, made mostly from grape wines but sometimes also from other fruits (for fruit brandies see Eaux-de-Vie). The name brandy is a shortened form of brandywine, which an anglicized form of Dutch brandewijn, which means "burnt wine".

This is precisely what brandy is. To make brandy, wine is heated in a still until it separates into its components, which evaporate at various points on the temperature scale. The more volatile the component, the lower the temperature at which it evaporates, leaving behind the impurities and heavier compounds. This is the process used to turn wine into brandy.

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Region
  • Cognac is the world's most famous brandy, better known even than its older Gascon cousin Armagnac. It comes from the Charentais, a large area of western France situated immediately north of Bordeaux, and takes its name from the historic town of Cognac, the long-standing epicenter of local brandy production.

    Although not particularly well known, the Charentais is one of France's largest vineyard areas. It is composed of two administrative departments (Charente and Charente-Maritime), each of which generates more wine each year than the whole of Burgundy. While a certain proportion of this is basic table wine (sold as ...more

  • France – the home of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne – is arguably the world's most important wine-producing country. For centuries, it has produced wine in greater quantity – and of reportedly greater quality – than any other nation. Wine is ingrained i...more

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