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A trip away with Courvoisier Part #1 … The Chateau

A group of writers, bloggers and competition winners were asked to ‘take a leap of faith’ and drop everything for one weekend to do something totally spontaneous and par-take in a trip of which they knew nothing about other than they would be leaving the UK, and would need to bring their glad rags..

Myself and my lovely friend Laura were lucky enough to be a part of this group. Packing my suitcase with next to no knowledge of where I would be going was a surreal experience. Little did I know the most surreal part was yet to come.

We all met bleary eyed early on the Friday morning at Victoria station, and on boarding the Gatwick Express train were each handed the first of many Courvoisier labelled black envelopes…

Le Voyage de Courvoisier

Le Voyage de Courvoisier

Le Voyage de Courvoisier

Le Voyage de Courvoisier

The beautiful French destination of Bordeaux…..Cheese…..wine………and perhaps cognac?!
The weather was beautifully warm and sunny, hitting 28 degrees. We boarded a minibus and were driven to the stunning countryside location of Cognac, which houses the magnificent Courvoisier Chateau. Sitting beautifully on a lake and surrounded by vineyards, it is postcard perfect.

The Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac

The Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac

The Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac

The Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac

The Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac - tasting

The Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac – tasting

Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac

Courvoisier Chateau, Jarnac

We enjoyed a cellar and sensory tasting of the various Courvoisier cognacs brewed at the chateau, and learnt about the strong heritage and history of the liqueur, beginning in Paris and travelling to Cognac, loved and pioneered by Napoleon himself.

We were directed up the small, white cobbled streets through the quaint village of Jarnac to our hotel a stones throw from the chateau. A stunning, classically French house on the outside – a highly modern and luxurious hotel on the inside, boutique French hotel The Ligaro.

Here we donned our most prettiest dresses and smartest suits (after jumping up and down with excitement on the emperor sized bed), and then tottered back down the cobbled streets in our heels towards the chateau for our glamorous dinner.

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau – Laura in Topshop striped dress & Kurt Geiger heels

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau – Lipsy dress & New Look Heels

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau

The most decadently beautiful setting and dining room for a dinner, we feasted on local trout, poultry, truffle oil and produce from the surrounding area, all paired with Courvoisier blends. A café gourmand set for dessert was a highlight for me – anyone who knows me knows I like my desserts, and to taste a little of everything!

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau

Dinner at the Courvoisier Chateau

Once we had finished eating we made our way into one of the cellars to try the oldest, most special blend of Courvoisier; L’Essence. Drawn straight from the barrel into our glasses – this was an incredible experience.

Tasting Courvoisier, L'Essence

Tasting Courvoisier, L’Essence

Tired from a long day, happily full and slightly fuzzy headed from the cognac, we snuck back to our hotel rooms and marshmallow pillows..

The next morning we came down for continental breakfast (my favourite sort) when else is it acceptable to eat puffy white bread with ham, brie and honey drizzled on top for breakfast?! Not to mention the mini pain au chocolate’s and croissants washed down with strong French coffee.
After filling our boots – we did this a lot – something to do with the fact we never knew where we would be going or when we could get a chance to eat again perhaps- (or just wanted to make the most of the great food!)  we were told we were checking out of the hotel and back to the chateau.

Here they hosted a Courvoisier cocktail making competition with two top London bartenders, Frederico from Hawksmoor and Sarah from Callooh Callay.

Frederico from Hawksmoor London, making his Courvoisier cocktail

Frederico from Hawksmoor London, making his Courvoisier cocktail

Sarah was named top dog with her delicious Courvoisier and apple cinnamon cocktail, and on the news being announced we were ushered onto an outside terrace where we filled up on foie gras & caviar canapés (a first for me), delicious white wine and of course more cognac cocktails….

Lunch at the Courvoisier Chateau

Lunch at the Courvoisier Chateau

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  1. Adorngirl says:

    Ohhh take me back, it was a blast wasn’t it? Love your take on it all. X

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