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Fruity & Oaky Intro XO
Lovely fruits and mixed nuts greet the nose. As it opens, some subtle baking spice appears. The palate brings a bit of oak, along with some dried fruits and nut, before finishing with fruit and oak spice. I would like to have seen less oak on the palate and finish, but still a lovely intro to XO’s....
Nice intro to XO Cognacs
A young Grande Champagne for sure. Sweet fruit on the nose initially, along with some subtle spice. Not a very complex nose, but is yet appealing. The palate starts sweet, before finishing with oak spice in a dry, lingering finish. A nice intro into XO Cognacs, but with more oak on the finish...
A Real Treasure From A Master
This is the third expression I've tried from Paul Giraud and this house is firmly in my top three favorite Cognac producers. You can smell, taste, and feel the passion and care that goes into their eau de vie. As with his other expressions, the nose on this is very earthy. Lots of leather/tobacco,...
Unique and Intriguing
This is a really fun and cool expression. Not many produce 100% Bons Bois let alone specific vintages. The nose is just wonderful. Very lively! There are a lot of bright fruits like pear and cherries, but also rich aromas of chocolate, honey, and barrel spices. There's also something rather creamy...
This is a fantastic cognac that is worth tasting. It is rich on the nose, you will find fruit and some oak. It the mouth it is rather tasty and has a full body. It is elegant with a good consentration. The after-taste lasts forever. This cognac delivered at least as good as I hoped for when I bought...
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Cognac Expert: A short history
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 like a dedicated Cognac platform for China.
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