Cognac-Expert.com: A short history

Our website is a close knit project, run by a family that's been living in the Charente region for over 50 years.

Coming from an agricultural background, our grandfather having farmed and owned a vineyard, we've always been dedicated to the Cognac region, the people and naturally, to the drink we all know as Cognac. We have great admiration not only for the bigger houses such as Courvoisier, Camus and Hine, but also the smaller, family Cognac producers.

One day we were driving through the vineyards close to Blanzac, in the Fins Bois region, when we discovered a small producer we'd never seen or heard of before: This led us to think that there are so many brands out there that people don't know about. Neighbours, producers and friends have since introduced us to the wide field of different brandies and the whole Cognac experience. For example, one evening at a dinner in the neighbourhood our host presented a seemingly simple VSOP. And it also came with an anecdote about a winegrower who wanted to convince the cellar master of Hennessy that he could produce a great blend, so he created that particular VSOP solely with that in mind. It was a fantastic blend... but one couldn't buy it. It was situations such as this that led us to the idea to start a blog about the most famous of all brandies, Cognac. In the beginning we just started with a small blog, with a short piece reporting about the latest VS Cognac our father had brought home.

Today it's a much more than a blog; it's a website with a list of all cognac brands and producers, bottles and products, as well as a place that users on a global scale can exchange and talk about their experiences.

These days we regularly visit estates from André Petit and Bache-Gabrielsen to Rémy Martin and Martell, have the privilege to taste rare Vintage or XO Cognacs; and we can exchange with enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. It's fantastic.

We created this website to share the unbelievable diversity of brandy brands and producers with an international readership, and we must say - it works!

Sophie and Max

 

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Yesterday

Cognac: Perfumes, shower gels and shoes

You know when a product really is a must have item when the unique qualities of it are 'borrowed' and used by other items. And when it comes to cognac, this is so very true right now. After all, we all know that cognac is the only product that describes its quality as VS,...

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5 days ago

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9 days ago

Martell VSOP Paris Style Cognac: Limited Edition Release

Wow – Martell is certainly keeping busy, with the release of its second bottle in a month.  Hot on the heels of Martell Noblige Black Tie comes a funky re-design of one of Martell's staple products - the VSOP. VSOP Medaillon by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Martell VSOP...

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10 days ago

Hennessy Cognac: Blogger Lunch LVMH

When it comes to invitations to various cognac related events, there are certain ones that we wouldn’t miss for the world. So when our invite for the LMVH ‘Blogger’s Lunch’ arrived, we couldn’t wait to visit the venue at the Avenue de la Grande Armee in Paris. It was our...

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Marketplace: Your Bottle

Today

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac

A reader has a cognac bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne at home. The bottle is located in Norwalk, CT. The reader writes "My Father saved this bottle for me and gifted it to me on my 30th Birthday. " (If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to...

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Renault Grand Reserve Cognac

A reader has a cognac bottle of Renault Grand Reserve Cognac at home. The bottle is located in Owensboro, Kentucky USA. The reader writes "We found this bottle of Cognac in the top of the closet of a house we purchased in 2000. Cognac is in a silk-lined crate with this on...

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3 days ago

Courvoisier Grande Fine Champagne Cognac

A reader has a cognac bottle of Courvoisier Grande Fine Champagne at home. The bottle is located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The reader writes "I was given this bottle by my grandfather when I graduated June 2014 with my PhD in biology. The story is that while he was...

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