Courvoisier cognac appoints new master blender

21 September, 2009

France: Courvoisier cognac has appointed a new president and master blender. Patrice Pinet, who has worked at the Courvoisier distillery in Jarnac, France, for more than 20 years, has taken up the post.

According to the release, he has been an ‘integral member of the blending committee since 2004 and was instrumental in the creation of L’Essence de Courvoisier’, launched this month.

Patrice replaces Jean Marc Olivier who has been master blender for 22 years and has now retired. Jean Marc will continue to be involved with the brand on a consultancy basis.

Patrice Pinet said: “I started working for Courvoisier as manager of the bottling plant and later as operations and spirit purchasing director so I have a thorough knowledge of the distillery and share the passion for our cognac with the dedicated team here.”


Philip Duff

Make safety sexy

It was the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ annual dinner at the Lord Mayor of London’s residence Mansion House a few weeks ago, and as a junior member of the Gin Guild I was permitted to attend, provided I promised not to pinch any silverware and did a little light sweeping afterwards.

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