Grand Marnier Debuts Exceptional Cuvées Range With Quintessence And Révélation

Grand Marnier Quintessence and Révélation

Grand Marnier had announced the debut of its Exceptional Range, starting with the launch of two rare Grand Cuvees: Quintessence and Révélation. Quintessence pays homage to the liqueur‘s exalted history and showcases the highest expressions of the iconic French Maison, demonstrating how the most complex flavors can be derived from seemingly the simplest of combinations: cognac, orange essence, wood, and time. 

Quintessence is a tribute to the origins of Grand Marnier, a masterpiece elevating the assemblage of cognac and bigaradia orange to its ultimate expression. It showcases the rarest and oldest hors d’âge Cognacs. Each was exclusively selected from Grande Champagne and carefully aged in Paradis, the personal reserves of the Marnier Lapostolle family cellar. Master Blender Patrick Raguenaud then added the finest Bigaradia orange peels, double-distilled to ensure an intensity of flavors, drawing upon instincts honed from his nearly two decades at the house. This painstaking double-distillation and careful work yields a rich, smooth vintage liquid, with dry fruit facets of apricot and walnut, underlined by a warm dark vanilla base.

Raguenaud looked to the Maison’s archives for the creation of Quintessence. There, he found an old recipe where the Bigaradia orange was macerated in Cognac and used it to create the new expression.

Grand Cuvée Quintessence comes in a decanter handmade by Baccarat, inspired by the iconic original bottle of Grand Marnier made centuries ago. Each decanter is unique and mouthblown at 1450 degrees. It features a hypnotic, never-ending twist that plunges into the cognac adorned with a hand-made stopper.

An exclusive collection that will only be available at fine retailers in selective markets in 2022, only 1,000 bottles will be available worldwide the first year.

“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,” said Raguenaud. “When you blend for Quintessence, you blend a heritage.”

In parallel, Grand Marnier will also launch Révélation – the prestige expression of the iconic French house, with the most cognac-forward taste. Révélation’s XXO cognacs come exclusively from the distinguished Grande Champagne cru, aged at the Chateau Grand Marnier in Bourg-Charente. The final assemblage of cognac and Bigaradia essence rests in oak tanks over several months.

With only a dash of Bigaradia essence, the classic sweetness is curbed, while the very soul of the spirit – earthy vanilla, fresh floral essences, and warming almond – is heightened. It presents a complicated balance: without sweet flavor elements to determine consistency, Raguenaud is heavily reliant on his nose.

Exceedingly subtle, Grande Cuvée Révélation highlights vanilla and dried fruit – apricots, nuts – before revealing complex notes in its long aftertaste. The fresh and round bitter orange perfectly matches this remarkable Cognac to create an intriguing and lasting encounter.

For Grandes Cuvées sensorial journey, Grand Marnier called on French perfumer Marie Le Febvre to explore the limits of scent perception and aroma identification. The olfactory expertise she has honed over years of developing fragrances proves invaluable for understanding spirits and explaining why Grand Marnier delivers such a compelling organoleptic experience.

“Grand Marnier is a spirit, but it’s intricately built as a fragrance. It follows the classical construction of perfume,” says Le Febvre.

Both Exceptional Cuvées will launch in select markets. Grand Marnier Quintessence will retail for $3,000 USD and Révélation for $700 USD.

For more information, head over to Grand Marnier’s official website.