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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Recent Blog Articles

2 days ago

Nicholas Faith's Guide to Cognac: with a little help from Cognac-Expert...

… well, we’re probably over-egging our input a little bit there, but Cognac-Expert did indeed contribute to it by providing some cognac cocktail recipes. Nicholas Faith is perhaps one of the world’s greatest experts on the subject of cognac. And Max had the pleasure of...

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9 days ago

Introducing: Raison Personnelle Cognac

It was 1994 when Sabine and Bertrand de Witasse chose to leave their home in Paris to become winemakers in the Charente.  The motivation for the move? Personal reasons (or Raison personnelle in French) - or perhaps a moment of temporary insanity… Today, they successfully...

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13 days ago

New Product: Bisquit XO Rose Gold

This time it’s the turn of Bisquit Cognac to launch a new product to market. And what an exciting one it is - a limited edition that’s entitled Bisquit XO Rose Gold Cognac. Created to commemorate the year that Bisquit Cognac came into being - in 1819 - the house has limited...

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15 days ago

Top 10 Things to do in the Cognac region

This year sees the Musée des Arts du Cognac celebrate its 10th anniversary.  Located in the heart of old Cognac, this is perhaps one of the best places in the world to visit to take a trip back through time to discover what’s earned the drink of cognac such a special place in...

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Marketplace: Your Bottle

2 days ago

Martell Very Old Pale Cognac

Here comes a Martell Very Old Pale Cognac that is located in Delaware, USA. The Reader writes "The bottle was found in a hidden room at my grand parents house in France. We presume the bottle was stored in this room for at least 25 years without being moved. The bottle was...

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6 days ago

L'Or de Jean Martell

We end the week with a true high-end item: here comes L'Or de Jean Martell. It is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Reader tells us that "The crystal decanter in his box was sent to me two years ago. First, as a documentation and sample for a special creative study I...

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9 days ago

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac

Here comes another Louis XIII by Rémy Martin. This one is located in Georgia, USA. The Reader writes "I received the bottle as a gift from a friend. He received it from his grandmother years ago. I'm not sure when she acquired the cognac." (If you also have a Cognac...

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