History

1827

Distillery Founded

Forefather, Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle, built the original distillery in Neauphe-le-Château, a small city outside of Paris, in 1827. It was there that he followed his dream of creating blended spirits from fine Cognac and natural fruits. Still owned and operated by the same family, what started as a modest business eventually gave birth to one of the most iconic brands in the global spirits industry.

1876

A Union of Two Families

Louis-Alexandre Marnier asked Eugéne Lapostolle, son of Jean-Baptiste, for his daughter Julia’s hand in marriage in 1876. The Marnier family were wine merchants who distributed Lapostolle’s products in the Sancerre region in France. Their union, created from this business relationship, became truly a family affair when their names were joined to create the House of Marnier Lapostolle.

1880

Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge

The Marnier family were wine merchants who distributed Lapostolle’s products in their local Sancerre region. It wasn’t until Louis-Alexandre Marnier asked Eugéne Lapostolle for his daughter Julia’s hand in marriage in 1876 that the business relationship became a family affair.

1912

Aboard the Titanic

Grand Marnier was stocked aboard the White Star Line’s transatlantic liners at the beginning of the 20th century. During the luxurious voyages, passengers enjoyed elegant meals, which finished with a liqueur tasting featuring Grand Marnier. On April 15th, 1912 the ship that had been celebrated as “The Greatest Steamship in History”, the Titanic, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. A bottle of Grand Marnier that was recovered among the wreckage is now on display at the Titanic Museum in London.

1919

Château de Sancerre

The Château de Sancerre and winery was purchased in 1919 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, the creator of Grand Marnier liqueur, in tribute to the area where he was born. The historic Château de Sancerre was originally built in the 10th Century and is the only castle in the Sancerre area. The Marnier Lapostolle family produces three critically acclaimed wines from these vineyards: Château de Sancerre Blanc, Château de Sancerre Rouge and Cuvée du Connetable.

1921

Château de Bourg-Charente

The Château de Bourg-Charente was acquired by the Marnier Lapostolles in 1921 to serve as the heart of the family business. It is nestled atop a hill in the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Originally built as a castle in the 13th century, it is now both a family residence and also the principle property to house and mature their Cognacs. To this day, every drop of Cognac in their products has been selected, aged and blended at the Château in one of the property’s eight cellars that jointly hold some 30,000 casks of the world’s finest Cognac.

1927

Cuvée du Centenaire

Introduced in 1927, Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire commemorates the 100th anniversary of the House of Marnier Lapostolle. Cuvée du Centenaire is an exceptional blend of refined XO Cognacs from the Grand Crus of Petite and Grande Champagne combined with the essence of wild tropical oranges. The result: a perfect balance of smoothness and intense flavors with a complex, unforgettable finish.

1977

Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire

Released in 1977 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the House of Marnier Lapostolle, Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire is a cherished offering for the true Cognac enthusiast. Made with extremely rare Cognacs from the Grande Champagne region, each aged up to 50 years, this elegant blend of Cognacs and orange is left to mature in French oak casks. Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire is then stunningly presented in a hand-finished, Art Nouveau style bottle.

1985

The Grand Margarita

The initial Margarita cocktail was claimed to be made in Mexico in the early to mid-20th century, however, the first ever trade up Margarita recipe was invented in Texas in 1985, which was known as the Grand Margarita or the Cadillac Margarita. Since everything is bigger in Texas, bartenders began to replace average orange liqueurs, such as triple sec, with Grand Marnier to create the ultra-premium cocktail experience. Grand Marnier adds the richness and complexity to any Margarita recipe and is known for making the best tasting Margaritas. Today, the Margarita is America’s #1 cocktail and Grand Marnier is proud to be a part of history of such a classic, yet contemporary cocktail.

1994

Lapostolle Winery

The heritage of the Marnier Lapostolle family is deeply rooted in world-class wine making. So, it was fitting for Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle to follow in the footsteps of her forefathers when she founded Casa Lapostolle and the Clos Apalta Winery in Chile’s Apalta Valley. Bottled simply by gravity, without any treatment or filtration, Lapostolle’s objective is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise in the idyllic environment of Chile. In 2008, Lapostolle reached the pinnacle of winemaking when Clos Apalta was named Wine of the Year.

2008

Clos Apalta

Lapostolle’s premiere wine, Clos Apalta, named number one wine in the world from Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines Report.

2011

KAPPA® PISCO

KAPPA Pisco, the first clear spirit produced by the House of Marnier Lapostolle, was introduced in 2011. KAPPA is produced in Chile’s legendary Elqui Valley, which rests above the Earth’s greatest point of energy– the magnetic center– and below the mystical Kappa Crucis Constellation. It is here where the pure water of the Andes Mountains nourishes a spectacular vineyard of Muscat grapes, the foundation of our Pisco.

2011

Quintessence

This limited annual release was first introduced in 2011 as the ultimate expression from the House of Marnier Lapostolle. It is a rare blend of exceptionally old vintage XO Cognacs sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne and special old family reserves aged up to 100 years in French oak casks. Their rare Cognac blend is then combined with an exacting and time-consuming double distillation of Grand Marnier’s signature wild tropical oranges after maceration. This extra step in the process creates a more velvety and concentrated orange perfume that perfectly balances the blend of fine, old Cognacs. The final blend is then aged in French oak casks to allow the flavors to mature together; producing the perfect balance and quintessential taste. Only 1,000 produced with each release.

2013

Signature Collection

The Signature Collection Series is a unique flavor offering of our all-natural fusion of fresh fruit ingredients, exotic orange essence blended with premium Cognac. In 2013, the House of Marnier Lapostolle presented the newest expression, Grand Marnier Signature Collection N° 2 - Raspberry Peach which is a blend of succulent European raspberries and rare red peaches from Ardèche in the South of France combined with the world renowned Grand Marnier, made from our exceptionally smooth Cognac and wild tropical orange essence. The result, an alluring and mixable spirit that is enjoyable on the rocks and in delicious cocktails.

2013

GM TITANIUMTM

GM TITANIUM is a bold combination of exotic orange essence, Asian Calamansi citrus and a dash of five different spices rounded out by an exceptionally smooth Cognac. As one of the first brown spirits introduced by the House of Marnier Lapostolle, this unconventional blend offers the finest ingredients of zesty flavors of Calamansi citrus, a delicate blend of spices combined with wild tropical oranges and premium Cognac. The same blending expertise and quality in Grand Marnier is found in GM TITANIUM, however, no sugar is added to the blend, which results in a highly versatile spirit that can be enjoyed on the rocks or in cocktails.

2014

Cuvée 1880

Marnier was created by founder Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle. Cuvée 1880 is a distinctive blend of aged, premium Grande Champagne Cognac XO and wild tropical orange parfum. Following the celebrated products such as Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire (100th), and Quintessence, Cuvée 1880 is a beautiful expression that offers bolder Cognac tasting notes with hints of orange essence. The elegant design found on the bottle is inspired by the Belle Époque period and Art Nouveau era, which was popular in Paris during the late 19th century.

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