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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27 days ago

Martell Assemblage Exclusif de 3 Millesimes: 300th Birthday Release

It’s not often one gets to celebrate a 300th anniversary. So when the unique opportunity presents itself, it’s necessary to mark the milestone with something extra special. And the house of Martell Cognac is doing just that. Not only have they already released the Martell...

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30 days ago

Braastad Cognac XO Contemporary: Art meets Cognac

Art meets Cognac! A new limited edition cognac is on its way to the market, courtesy of Braastad Cognac in collaboration with Snøhetta and Magne Furuholmen, a Norwegian artist and musician. Braastad Cognac XO Contemporary is a limited edition bottle that boasts cool,...

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36 days ago

Launching Hennessy XO Limited Edition 2015

Just in time for the Chinese New Year, and kicking off its 250 anniversary year, Hennessy launches a special limited edition of its highly desirable Hennessy XO. Designed by the creative team of Appartement 103 in Paris, the new design and packaging is kept in an...

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40 days ago

Zelia – The New ‘Diamond’ Cognac

A new brand of high-end cognac has hit the market. It goes by the name of Zelia Cognac. The brand is the brainchild of Frederic and Christa Dulin, who have bought a winery and started a new life in Sales d’Angles in the Cognac region.  This is not some ‘get rich quick’...

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41 days ago

Courvoisier Cognac: Complete Erte Collection

A reader has the whole Erte Collection by Courvoisier at home. The bottle is located in Turin, Italy. The reader writes "The bottles belongs to my father who bought them more than 20 years ago from Spirits SPA in Genova, Italy. These bottles were part of a bigger collection...

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47 days ago

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac

A reader has a cognac bottle of Martell Cordon Bleu at home. The bottle is located in Hoffman Estates, IL. U.S.A.. The reader writes "I have had the bottle from the estate of my father,who had a bar built in his basement. The bottle is in the original blue box accompanied by...

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53 days ago

A.C. Meukow & Cie Fine Champagne Cognac

A reader has a cognac bottle of A.C. Meukow & Cie Fine Champagne at home. The bottle is located in Janakkala, Finland. The reader writes "I rescued this from my great-aunt estate. My godfather planed to throw all bottles away with other rubbish. It's hard work to find...

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