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Courvoisier Napoleon – Fine Champagne Cognac

1 December 2011 6 Comments

After tasted almost all accessible Courvoisier Cognacs, I needed to taste the well known Napoleon as well!

This Napoleon differs from the Courvoisier XO, because it uses Fine Champagne Cognacs, which means that at least 50% of the cognac comes from the Grande Champagne region, the rest needs to be from the Petite Champagne region.


The result of Fine Champagne Cognac is a heavier and more complex Cognac what appeals to many enthusiasts.

The Napoleon offers a very specific strong spicy flavor of dried fruit, wood and honey. Since the taste is so powerful, it fits perfectly as a after dinner Cognac.

The design, is somewhat dated when compared with a Cognac like the Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif, but in my eyes its the unique selling point, that old label,the dull green bottle with the ribbon and medal…. Great!

The tasting notes of Courvoisier Napoleon – Fine Champagne are:

The color: golden brown.
The nose: spicy flavor of wood, dried fruit, sherry, vanilla and honey.
The taste: beautiful full mature flavor which is nevertheless not sharp, with the flavors of spices, dried fruit, wood, honey.
The aftertaste: Medium length and very enjoyable.
The age: unclear, but at least 6 years. Read more about the difference between a Napoleon and XO Cognac.
The origin: Grande Champagne Cognac at least 50%, the rest is Petite Champagne.
The price: about 45 euros, no longer easy to get nowadays.
The price / quality ratio: a 8.

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What do you think about this Cognac?
Rating: 8.8/10 (24 votes cast)
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  • Paul said:

    This is one of the best Cognacs out there. I’ve bought many XOs and many times I come back to Courvoisier Napoleon and I find that I prefer it. Don’t be fooled by new cognac bottles like exclusive which caters to the mixing crowd. Unlike Exclusive, this is the real deal sipped neat! I actually think this is one of the best looking bottles in the industry. Because of the little spice finish I actually prefer this to the Courvoisier XO. I’ve been drinking Courvoisier’s Napoleon for years and compare almost all others to it. If you haven’t bought a bottle yet, go get one you won’t be disappointed, and when the bottle is empty put it on the shelf for decoration and buy another. Also the review above forgets to mention the flowery and grapy nose and flavor, and it’s not that spicy.

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