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

Yesterday

Stocks slump as Chinese crackdown threatens Cognac industry

As we well know, the Chinese penchant for cognac (and particularly old cognacs) has been driving the industry for some years now.  But the current crackdown by the Chinese government on all things extravagant is proving to have a major effect on the current ‘golden age of...

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8 days ago

Rémy Martin: Inauguration of new cellar master, Baptiste Loiseau

Following our previous announcement in December, we can now confirm the official appointment of the new Cellar Master of Rémy Martin, Baptiste Loiseau. He's the fifth person to hold this prestigious position, following in the footsteps of André Renaud, André Giraud, Georges...

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14 days ago

World Spirits Competition 2014: The Cognac Results

After the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the World Drinks Awards the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the largest and most respected of all, has just announced their results. This year saw 39 spirit experts judge the largest amount of entrants ever...

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15 days ago

Martell & Prince Polignac Release Miniatures in Travel Retail

Two miniature bottles have been released in travel retail by Martell and Prince Polignac designed to be given as luxury gifts. L’Or de Jean Martell The first is L’Or de Jean Martell.  This 200ml carafe is presented in a beautiful Cristal de Sevres decanter, etched in...

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Marketplace: Your Bottle

Yesterday

Martell Cordon Argent

Here comes a Martell Cordon Argent Cognac that one of our readers from Minnesota, USA sent us. The Reader writes "My mother died a year ago, and this bottle was found in her basement. It belonged to my Grandfather, who died in 1988. When he died, she brought it home, and...

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2 days ago

Leopold Brugerolle Aigle Rouge Napoleon

We start the week with this Leopold Brugerolle Aigle Rouge Napoleon that a reader from Hong Kong sent us. The Reader writes "My grandpa gave me this bottle of Cognac." (If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or value –...

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6 days ago

Early Rémy Martin Cognac Bottle

Here comes an early Rémy Martin Cognac Bottle that a reader from Delaware, USA sent us. According to him it's a handblown decanter that has been crafted before 1874, meaning a bottle of the Pre-Phylloxera era that started one year later in 1875. According to a comment a...

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