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Legacy and Passion

Numerous generations have dedicated themselves to the production of high-quality spirits and wines in honor of the founder, Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle.

As the Bournet Lapostolle family, we pass the baton onto the next generation, thus cultivating both a rich and a moral heritage. In order to understand this family tradition, here are a number of previous testimonies. At Bournet-Lapostolle, winegrowers are storytellers.

Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle, founding father

The story began in 1827, when Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle founded a fruit liqueur distillery in Neauphle-le-château, near Versailles. Fifty-three years later, his granddaughter's husband, Louis-Alexandre Marnier, from a family of Sancerre wine merchants, was captivated by the Cognac region and its brandy. Thus, the Lapostolle dynasty was launched.

Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, inspirational creator

In 1880, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle imagined a drink based on cognac and a rare variety of bitter oranges, which were then a luxury commodity. As he tasted the creation, famous hotelier César Ritz named it ‘Grand Marnier’: "A great name for a great liqueur." Since then, its success has not wavered: Grand Marnier remains the most exported French liqueur.   

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, tireless perfectionist

A century passes. In 1994, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, great-granddaughter of the creator, embarked on a new adventure in Chile. True to the demands of the family, her ambition was to produce an exceptional wine and to pave the way for the qualitative development of the country's wines. In just a few years, Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle succeeded in making Clos Apalta an iconic wine by shaping this vineyard, foot by foot.

Charles-Henri de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, guardian and renovator

Today, another person who is equally as passionate for wine has taken over. Since 2013, he has been at the helm of the company, and the seventh representative of the dynasty brings new ideas and a new dynamism to the table. He is accompanied by Jacques Begarie, technical director, and the famous consultant Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in all Clos Apalta production.