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At the beginning of the 19th century the Frenchman Emmanuel Courvoisier, who came from the Jura region, started as a wine merchant in Paris. Together with a partner, one of the largest wine and spirits warehouses in France was set up, which in 1811 was even visited by Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821). Félix-Joseph Courvoisier (the son) and Louis-Jules Gallois then founded the cognac company in Jarnac in 1835. Although it was founded only a few years after Napoleon's death, the ex-emperor is said to have taken several barrels with him in his exile on the island of Saint Helena (perhaps a preliminary product). During the political unrest of 1848, Félix-Joseph distinguished himself by calming the population and was awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honour. In 1869, the company became a purveyor to the court of Napoleon III. (1808-1873). In 1909, the company was sold to the English Simon family. It was here that the famous cognac trademark "Napoleon" was introduced with a silhouette of the Corsican contained on the label. This quality for oldest and best cognacs of the highest class "Konto 6" is used today by many cognac houses for their best products.

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