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.
Alexandre is a blend of 82% VSOP Cognac and 18% bitter, aromatic Bigaradia orange liqueur. Clear, topaz colour with gold and amber tones. Beautifully balanced with a velvety mouthfeel, rich zesty orange and vanilla rich cognac. Rich and smooth, the palate offers notes of candied orange, vanilla and zesty citrus, before a finish of caramel, bergamot and rich oak notes, lasting citrus clean, honeyed finish.