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      Best Bars in the World to Drink Cognac
      19-04-2018 / Most of us at Cognac Expert are fortunate enough to travel quite a lot. But of course, being away takes you from all your home comforts–such as knowing exactly where you can get your hands on a decent Cognac to drink. Le Lion, Hamburg, Germany. Photo credit: Swetlana Holz It’s a strange truth that despite Read full article...
      The Difference Between Wine and Cognac
      05-04-2018 / It almost goes without saying that if you love Cognac then you’ll probably be pretty keen on other alcoholic beverages as well. Like wine, for instance. But for the novice, understanding the difference between wine and Cognac can be a little, well, confusing to say the least. Because Cognac is made from wine, right? So Read full article...
      Martell Metaphore: A unique one-off Cognac expression
      26-03-2018 / Hot on the heels of Remy Martin’s Louis XIII Salmanazar comes another one off creation–and this time it’s from the oldest of the big houses. Martell Metaphore is to be unveiled at the DFS Group’s Masters of Wines and Spirits, which is being held this weekend (24-25 March), in Singapore. Martell Metaphore is an impressive Read full article...
      The Story of DEAU Cognac & Roland Legaret’s Return
      21-03-2018 / The house of DEAU is as fascinating as it is innovative. With a traceable history back to the year of 1685, the family Bru Legaret has long distilled eaux-de-vie. We have had a close relationship with Cognac DEAU for many years now, and much appreciate the family and the story behind this wonderful house. Discover Read full article...

      Latest from Sophie & Max

      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...
      Max’s Visit to Prowein 2017
      03-05-2017 / It’s always a delight to attend industry events, and Prowein is one of the best there is. It’s a huge trade fair, with all the razzmatazz, pomp, and circumstance you’d expect. So I (Max) rocked up and literally ‘jumped right in…’ There are loads of producers at such an event. It’s an interesting place to 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