Quality description or indication of the ageing period for spirits with a particularly long ageing period. In the case of cognac, this applies to products that are at least six years old, but can be up to 100 years old. The name was introduced by the cognac house Courvoisier when the French Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) abdicated in 1814 and wanted to emigrate to the USA. He was provided with a special cognac for this purpose. The name is also used by many producers of Armagnac and Calvados for their best products.