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You can now buy cognac inspired by Fayetteville's namesake at Cumberland County ABC stores

By Taylor Shook, Fayetteville Observer,


Nearly 200 years after Fayetteville’s namesake visited the city in 1825, a liquor inspired by Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette has made its way to Cumberland County.

Launched by French liquor producer H. Mounier in 2014, Marquis de La Fayette cognacs are now sold in 750-milliliter bottles at five area ABC stores:

  • 102 Westwood Shopping Center, Fayetteville
  • 150 Francam Drive, Fayetteville
  • 7621 S. Raeford Road, Fayetteville
  • 1705 Owen Drive, Fayetteville
  • 2724 Hope Mills Road, Hope Mills

The VS cognac, said to be “surprisingly bold,” with notes of flowers and ripe fruits, according to the H. Mounier website, is aged for a minimum of 3 years. It sells for $42.95.

The VSOP cognac, with notes of liquorice, wood and cigar, is aged for a minimum of 6 years, according to the site. It sells for $52.95.

Both are 40% alcohol by volume.

Kris Johnson, a Fayetteville St. Avold Friendship Alliance volunteer, helped bring the commemorative liquor to the Fayetteville area, according to a Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation news release.

“What a fitting partnership to celebrate the legacy of Marquis de Lafayette, promote the 200th anniversary of his visit to Fayetteville, and honor our relationship with our sister city, St. Avold, France,” she said in the release.

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