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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Yesterday

New Product Launch: Hennessy Edition Particuliere

When it comes to limited editions, there’s exclusivity… and then there’s exclusivity.  And you can’t beat Hennessy when it comes to being at the top of their game in that respect.  Because the latest cognac to be launched by the global giant - Hennessy Edition Particuliere –...

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4 days ago

Cognac with an Attitude: A Visit at Léopold Gourmel

When it comes to having an extraordinary reputation, an evocative name and the production of high quality cognacs in a low volume, then Cognac Leopold Gourmel certainly ticks all the boxes. The house was founded in 1972, and being a Cognac producer myself, I certainly am...

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7 days ago

New Product: Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2005

Hine is launching a new innovative vintage Cognac from the house’s vineyards. The grapes originate from one of their vineyards in the Grande Champagne area near the village Bonneuil (hence the name of the Cognac!). It's a single estate vintage cognac from the year 2005,...

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8 days ago

Courvoisier Extravagance: Paris Golden Age Inspired New Cognac

Courvoisier has just launched a new Cognac! Courvoisier Extravagance - and the bottle is only available in duty free. Courvoisier is pretty active in the Duty Free market right now - think travel retail edition Le Voyage de Napoleon by Courvoisier. Extravagance by Couvoisier...

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Marketplace: Your Bottle

Today

Croizet Napoleon Cognac

A reader from Korea sent us this Croizet Napoleon Cognac and writes "My father-in-law gave me a few years ago. Father- in-law said it was valuable, kept clean and careful. He did not told me how he got it. I was surprized it was 8500Euro at internet cognac site recently. I...

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Yesterday

Hennessy Cognac Miniature Set

Unfortunately it was a little bit quiet in our marketplace section for some time. Be it as it may, this is a good reason to take up the thread. Here comes a set of 12 miniature bottles of Cognac Hennessy, located in North Carolina, USA. The Reader writes "I was cleaning...

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7 days ago

Hennessy Bras D'Or Cognac

Here comes the weekend and this beautiful Hennessy Bras D'Or Cognac. The Reader writes "It was in the closet of my deceased grandfather's home. I was looking for a crystal decanter and came across it. He would be around 100 now." (If you also have a Cognac bottle you...

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