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.
The brilliant deep polished brass colour. Superb purity in the opening sniffs featuring lifted mandarin / mixed peel freshness over heavier scents of orange cake and vanilla. A light satiny entry builds to a semi-sweet concentrate of citrus peel and mandarin with a lively spirit backbone, concluding fresh, mildly tart and vibrant with the honeyed citrus flavours persisting. Expertly balanced. A classic.