Initiale Extra

70cl 40%

Combining flavours worthy of a truly great cognac, Initiale Extra harmonizes old port wine with truffle and hot fruitcake. Only a few drops are enough to induce an explosion that seems to linger on the palate forever.

Patrice Pinet, Master Blender


Courvoisier Initiale Extra is a rare blend of extremely old cognacs that have been aged to perfection over many decades and meticulously blended by our Master Blender and his team to achieve its final, epic aroma experience. This sublime cognac is the embodiment of understated perfection, and has been internationally recognized as being richer, smoother and more mature than its contemporaries.

Tasting Notes

Perfect harmony and balance of aromas Aroma is everything for cognac. The character of each individual note is shaped by its terroir, grape, cask and years of maturation.  This is why Courvoisier takes great care to nurture every possible aroma at every possible stage of the cognac-making process. In recognition of this quality Courvoisier is consistently awarded in numerous spirits competition (IWSC and San Francisco spirits competition)

This aroma is created from the sheer concentration of rich flavours created over such a long ageing process. During this time, which can be decades, much of the eaux-de-vie evaporates – so much so that it takes about three bottles of eaux-de-vie to create one bottle of Courvoisier Initiale Extra.

The uniquely humid conditions in our warehouses where we age Courvoisier Initiale Extra, which have had the same earth floors for centuries, allow an exquisite mushroomy truffle aroma to develop very slowly over time. We take particular care in creating and maintaining the precise humidity necessary to nurture this delicate aroma.

Deliciously evocative, this aroma comes from the maturation of very old cognacs at their absolute peak. Through careful maturation over many decades, our expert Master Blender nurtures the dried fruit aromas to evolve into notes of spicy hot fruitcakes.

Perfect Serves

NEAT: Taking decades and generations to create, Courvoisier Initiale Extra is a cognac that should be sipped and savoured.

We recommend you pour Initiale Extra into a tulip glass and sit back for a minute’s contemplation of the pleasure to come. Our Master Blender likes to call this ‘La Minute Mystique’ - the brief moment of time for the full range of aromas to be released from a cognac that has been in its cask for at least two decades. As it interacts directly with the air, it releases an intense fruit and unique earthy bouquet.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Courvoisier Initiale Extra makes the most sumptuous digestif. Ideal after dinner, its depth and complexity come into their own when accompanied with rich flavours such as rich, dark chocolate, especially those with a high cocoa content.

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