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Grand Marnier launches Grand Cuvée Quintessence

Grand Marnier has announced the debut of its Exceptional Range, which launches with a rare Grand Cuvée: Quintessence.

The spirit - one of two Grand Cuvées set to be released - pays homages to the famous liqueur's history and showcases some of the best liquid from the French maison.

Quintessence is a tribute to the origins of Grand Marnier. It showcases the rarest and oldest hors d'âge Cognacs, which were selected from Grande Champagne and aged in Paradis - the personal reserves of the Marnier Lapostolle family cellar - then mixed with Bigaradia orange peels and double-distilled.

Grand Marnier says the resulting liquid is rich and smooth with notes of dried fruits, apricot, walnut and vanilla.

Grand Cuvée Quintessence comes presented in a handmade decanter by Baccaray, inspired by a historical Grand Marnier bottle design. A total of 1,000 bottles will be available worldwide this year, available at fine spirits retailers in select global markets (priced at £2,200).

Grand Marnier master blender Patrick Raguenaud said: "It's a rare experience to drink this; even to imagine this kind of Cognac is rare. The sensation, the feeling, the perception of what you smell - it is unforgettable."

The launch of Grand Cuvée Quintessence coincides with another release from Grand Marnier: the premium Révélation expression. Révélation's XXO Cognacs come exclusively from the Grande Champagne cru and are aged at the Chateau Grand Marnier in Bourg-Charente.

11 February 2022 - Bethany Whymark