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      £200K Massougnes Cognac from 1805: The World’s Most Expensive Bottle?
      24-09-2018 / There are expensive bottles of Cognac, and then there’s this 1805 Massougnes bottle that hits a whole new level. Selling for £200,000 sterling (that’s $260,400 US dollars), it’s one of the most expensive bottles of Cognac ever to be sold in Britain, and indeed, the world. Sold to an undisclosed buyer at Hedonism Wines in Read full article...
      Cognac Glassware: A World of its own
      19-09-2018 / One thing that’s super important when it comes to our favorite drink is the presentation. And this encompasses a multitude of different products. From the bottle or decanter it comes in, to the glass you drink it from, Cognac glassware is a hot subject. Cognac Glasses In general there are two different styles of glass Read full article...
      Alien, Blade Runner, Hennessy XO: Announcing Ridley Scott’s Latest Epic
      18-09-2018 / When you hear the name, Ridley Scott, what springs to mind? A terrifying slathering alien? Replicants living among us? Russell Crowe flexing his muscles dressed in a gladiator’s skirt? We’ve all got our favorite movies from this genius director and producer. And now he’s returning to advertising, partnering with none other than the Cognac giant, Read full article...
      What is Cognac Made Of?
      10-09-2018 / There’s probably never been another drink in the history of the world that creates as much confusion as Cognac. One of the big questions is, what is Cognac actually made of? “Cognac? It’s brandy, isn’t it? And brandy’s made from–errr, some kind of fruit, right? Or is it potato? No, that’s vodka, I think? Or Read full article...

      Latest from Sophie & Max

      Preview Launch of the Fondation d’Entreprise Martell
      06-07-2018 / One of the responsibilities that comes with being a global company is to give back to your community. Martell Cognac has certainly risen to that challenge in an amazing way: by introducing the Fondation d’Entreprise Martell. Sophie was lucky enough to be invited to the preview launch by Nathalie Viot, Director of the foundation. It Read full article...
      Almost sold out! Sophie & Max’s Sélection Nº 1 Limited Edition X.O.
      23-02-2018 / We’re now well into 2018 and it’s almost three months since we launched our very first, very own Sophie & Max Sélection Nº 1 X.O.–a Limited Edition Cognac available only to our beloved Cognac Expert readers. Sélection Nº 1 was recently listed on Food & Wine as one among only 11 “Excellent New Wave Cognacs”! We couldn’t Read full article...
      Launch Day: “Sélection Nº 1” Limited Edition X.O. by Sophie & Max
      21-11-2017 / We are absolutely delighted, and extremely proud, to announce the launch of Sélection Nº 1, especially bottled for us by André Petit et Fils. Buy Sélection Nº 1 in our online shop. Sophie just got back from visiting Jacques Petit, our wonderful partner in crime in the neighboring village of Berneuil. Together, they prepared the very first bottle of our limited edition Read full article...
      THE MAKING OF: Cognac Expert’s Sélection Nº 1 Limited Edition Cognac
      10-11-2017 / You won’t believe this…but we are scheming our very first, very own, very exclusive, truly LIMITED EDITION Cognac. The labels are being produced as we speak, the (still) secret blend is being bottled, and our packaging is on its way. It’s really happening. Buy Sélection Nº 1 LIMITED EDITION in our online shop. And read all about this special edition Read full article...

      Latest reviews

      Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal launches in Europe
      02-12-2015 / Check out what Cognac-Expert’s Michelle reviewed for you: Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal! Since 1724 and for five generations the House of Rémy Martin have created Fine Champagne cognacs that have been driven by the quest to capture the Heart of Cognac. Due to its success in the United States, Rémy Martin lovers will be Read full article...
      Our Visit to Frapin Cognac
      03-09-2015 / If Segonzac is the capital of Cognac’s Premier Cru terroir, then the House of Frapin is one of its flagships. This family run business is firmly rooted (in more ways than one), in the heart of Grande Champagne… Sign up for our special Frapin sale! The Frapins (now allied with Cointreau for two generations) settled Read full article...
      Introducing: Pierre Lecat Cognac
      23-10-2014 / Pierre Lecat Cognac may be a new cognac brand – with the first bottles arriving earlier this year – the history of their cognac, however, dates back some eighty years and is very much a family affair. The family-owned farm in Saint Fraigne has supplied quality eaux-de-vie to some of the major cognac houses since Read full article...
      Gourmel Attitude
      Cognac with an Attitude: A Visit at Léopold Gourmel
      15-09-2014 / 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 aware of this renowned brand. But up until recently, Read full article...

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      Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac
      12-05-2015 / A reader has a cognac bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII at home. The bottle is located in Vermont. The Reader writes “Given to my father in late 1973 at an advertising meeting as a gift to celebrate the birth of me. Because of its sentimental value my mother never let my father open it. Read full article...
      Cognac Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Mini Bottles
      12-05-2015 / A reader has two mini cognac bottles of Rémy Martin Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac at home. The bottle is located in I have both of them. The Reader writes “Found these two mini bottles in my great grandfathers belongings after he passed away. He was a courier in the war in Germany. “ (If you Read full article...
      Cognac Courvoisier Fine Champagne VSOP
      07-05-2015 / A reader has a cognac bottle of Courvoisier Fine Champagne VSOP at home. The bottle is located in Lake Mary, Florida USA. The Reader writes “This was my father’s in law who was born in Montreal, Canada.  The bottle was given to him the same year his daughter was born: in 1969.” (If you also Read full article...
      Cognac Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne
      07-05-2015 / A reader has a cognac bottle of Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne at home.  Please note: Disclaimer by Cognac-Expert.com – This bottle may be a fake The bottle is located in México City. Mexico. The Reader writes “It was given to me by my father who also received it from his father. The story tells that the Read full article...

      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 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