Marnier, liqueur manufacturer in Bourg-Charente

  • Founded in 1827, Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle founds a distillery in Neauphle-le-Chateau, just west of Paris, where he makes fruit liqueurs.
  • In 1870 Eugène Lapostolle had to flee due to the German invasion (Franco-Prussian war) and ended up in Charente. Here he gets to know Cognac and builds his own stock.
  • His son-in-law, Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, developed the orange and cognac-based liqueur in 1880 that brought the company to fame. The company will be called Lapostolle-Marnier.
  • 1921 The family buys the Chateau de Bourg on the banks of the Charente just west of Jarnac.
  • 1988: name change from Lapostolle-Marnier to Marnier.
  • 2016 Grand-Marnier is sold to Campari. Cognac production stopped.


Marnier does not distil, but buys the eaux-de-vie from all five districts (so no bois ordinaires). Also nice to know: Marnier is the fifth largest purchaser of eaux-de-vie in the world and has contracts with more than 200 producers.

The liqueur Grand-Marnier, originally called Curaçao Marnier, is of course their main product, but Marnier still makes a cognac line as well (until 2016).

Marnier cognac range: VS (blend containing a lot of borderies), VSOP (fine champagne) and XO (grande champagne).
Address: 25 D158, 16200 Bourg-Charente. (No information about visiting possibilities).
Société des Produits Marnier-Lapostolle: 91 boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris. Telephone: 0142 664311. 


Marnier-Lapostolle — 1 Comment

  1. Since Marnier no longer bottles their XO Cognac, they and their distributors especially in the states have been selling off the remaining stock for very low prices [as low as $50.00]. It’s got to be the biggest bargain in Cognac. The Cognac is surprisingly good with, it seems, considerable age [at least 25 years or maybe more in the blend]. Look for it.

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