One of the true perks of being a luxury lifestyle journalist is that we are invited to exclusive events and experiences. One such occasion occurred this week when we were invited by luxury cognac brand Maison Courvoisier, to sample an exquisite and ultra-rare cognac at the fabulous Red Room at The Connaught.
Maison Courvoisier, the Most Awarded Cognac House, showcased their Courvoisier Mizunara, a truly revelatory blend to its range of expertly crafted and celebrated cognac which offers a complex and unique experience that brings together two cultures and traditions united by the artistry of blending.
Made using Grand Champagne, considered to be the most prestigious cru from the Cognac region, Courvoisier Mizunara begins its journey aging in French oak barrels and is then transferred to one of House of Suntory’s award-winning Mizunara casks made of superior Japanese Mizunara wood for a second maturation resulting in an exceptionally harmonious and aromatic cognac.
An innovative collaboration of two legendary makers, Courvoisier Mizunara was created in unison between Courvoisier’s Sixth Chief Blender Patrice Pinet and Fifth-Generation Chief Blender of the House of Suntory, Shinji Fukuyo. Drawing on their collective expertise, Pinet and Fukuyo discovered commonalities in the process of precise oak selection and aging in both cognac and Japanese whisky to create Courvoisier Mizunara. Through the unique traditions in each of their disciplines, the rare cognac represents a visionary blend that unites craft, culture and people.
“Memorable blends begin in the imaginations of those who dare to dream them. I have always been intrigued by the scarcity and uniqueness of Japanese Mizunara oak and honored by the opportunity to work with the legendary wood and the incredibly talented Shinji Fukuyo of House of Suntory,” said Patrice Pinet. “We are living in two different countries with two different cultures, but deeply connected in our values and respect for our artistry. I knew the Mizunara cask was an unconventional choice for Courvoisier and together with Shinji, we saw the potential for the notoriously temperamental wood to enhance the unique characteristics of the exceptional cognac and complement the Maison’s signature floral House style.”
“It has been an exciting journey working alongside Patrice to discover a new, unique taste profile of Courvoisier using Japanese Mizunara oak,” said Shinji Fukuyo. “I have always been fascinated by experimenting with flavours through innovation, and I’m very excited to have taken part in the development of Courvoisier Mizunara and to help create something never before tasted.”
Courvoisier Mizunara is a testament to the Maison’s commitment and devotion to furthering the craft of cognac while drawing worldly inspiration from the finest Japanese Mizunara oak to complement the House’s signature floral style.
An extremely limited release of 500 bottles of Courvoisier Mizunara is available in select countries from £2,000. Each bottle elegantly showcases the golden mahogany tone of the liquid with a legendary Japanese Mizunara oak tree adorned across the front in gold and is numbered to signify the rarity of the exquisite blend.