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
Selected Cognac Bottles
- Bache Gabrielsen VSOP Fine
- Hennessy XO Extra Old
- ABK6 VS Pure Single
- Rémy Martin Napoléon 1738 Accord Royal Tradition
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- Martell VSOP Medaillon Old Fine Champagne
- Camus VSOP Elegance
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Recent Blog Articles
After four hours of sleep, we got back into the car this morning to hit the second day at Vinexpo. Read the article about our first day, yesterday. Unusual for this time of year, it was still pouring down with rain. To make the drive even more uneventful, we got stuck in...read full article
After exactly two years, we (Sophie and Max) are back at the world’s biggest wine and spirits convention. And we might add, with ten times as much traffic on the website as in 2011! Great to see some old friends and to make a lot of new acquaintances. Let us give you a...read full article
Sweet to be right, and by this we’re referring to our deduction that Rémy Martin (Remy Cointreau), only had an interest in Larsen Cognac for its stocks of eaux-de-vie. The Finnish liquor maker bought Larsen S.A. and its brand for around 40 million euros ($53 million). And...read full article
Cognac Expert are excited to be visiting two events taking place in Cognac in the next few days. And Vinexpo 2013! And another Remy Martin / Louis XIII event afterwards. Follow us on twitter or facebook. 250 Years of Hine Cognac Reaching your 250th birthday is not...read full article
Marketplace: Your Bottle
- Discover Bottles our readers own: Your Bottle
A reader found this bottle on an internet blog, and apparently bought it from another use. This vintage Cognac is a J.J. Dussumier 1795, even when we doubt a bit the number 1795. (If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or...read full article
This is what our reader writes: "My husbands family has a summer home on a lake near Canada. The family from all over the world gathers there in the summer. It seems to be the place were all family antiques and treasures end up from deceased relatives. This bottle was given...read full article
Our user has this very nice Cameron's VSOP Grande Fine Champagne Cognac de Luxe - and would like to sell. (If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or value – send us photos and information, just submit: Use this form – but...read full article