Redolent aromas are reminiscent of olive, coconut custard, and honeyed dried fruit with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, evolving finish of sweet spices, nuts, and earth. A sensationally vibrant and smooth Cognac.
97 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Feb 2012)
One of the oldest, finest Cognacs in my memory. The story is that Napoleon loved the brandy of the first Monsieur Courvoisier. He prescribed it as breakfast for his best troops and eventually took casks of it with him into exile on St. Helena (perfect answer to the deserted island question). Couldn't have been as good as this rare bottle in Courvoisier's Connoisseur Collection. Not ornate, not VSOP, not XO, it just has the number "21." Well, we know a thing or two about that number! More importantly, age matters immensely in Cognac, and rarely is seen this old. Courvoisier harvested these grapes from the best Grande Champagne crus in Cognac and aged them for decades in fine Tronçais oak like the finest wines. 21 years seems to be the optimum age for concentrating and smoothing the flavor. The result is an endless layer of flavor in aroma and taste from dried fruits, roasted nuts and honey on through to a never-ending finish. You and your very best friends will sip this for a long time. Vive L'Empereur!
Rhett Beiletti, B-21 (Jan 2015)