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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Popular XO Cognac
Popular VSOP Cognac
- Hennessy VSOP Fine de
- Martell VSOP Medaillon Old Fine Champagne
- Camus VSOP Elegance
- Rémy Martin VSOP Mature Cask Finish
Recent Blog Articles
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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...read full article
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...read full article
Marketplace: Your Bottle
- Discover Bottles our readers own: Your Bottle
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...read full article
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...read full article
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...read full article