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

4 days ago

IWSC Cognac Awards 2014

As ever, it's exciting to see which cognacs triumph in the various different competitions over the year.  After the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the World Drinks Awards and the Worlds Spirits Competition, yesterday the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has...

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5 days ago

New Hardy Cognac for La Part des Anges

It's a delight to see the creations provided by the cognac houses for the annual La Part des Anges auction.  And it seems that the cellar masters manage to surpass themselves year on year.  The 2014 offering from the House of Hardy Cognac certainly steps up to the mark....

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7 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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14 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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Marketplace: Your Bottle

Today

Rémy Martin Extra Perfection Cognac

One of our readers from Scotland would like to sell this Rémy Martin Extra Perfection Fine Champagne Cognac. The Reader just tells us that "It was given as a gift in 2002 " (If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or...

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Yesterday

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac

We start the week with another noble Cognac: here comes another Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac by Rémy Martin. This one is located in Pennsylvania, USA. The Reader writes "This bottle was a gift from my two other partners when we sold our company the first time back in...

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5 days ago

Courvoisier Complete Erte Set

Here comes another one of the perhaps most favorite Cognac collectors items, a complete Courvoisier Erte Set. The bottles are located in New Jersey. The Reader just let us know that "The bottles were purchased from a long time collector in the NYC metropolitan area."...

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