Why Cognac is so “Expensive”
18-10-2016 / Have you ever walked through your favourite liquor store and noticed the cognac seems to be, ahem –  a little on the expensive side?  Did you ever wonder if this extra cost was worth it.  Perhaps reading the following might put your mind at rest. So, let’s get to the number crunch.  For example, the  production Read full article...
Hennessy VSOP Privilege Limited Edition Cognac by Carnovsky – Layered Harmonies
26-09-2016 / We can always rely on Hennessy to release something special. And on the eve of their 200th anniversary they present us with a brand new take on a centuries old product. Purchase or sign up for alerts for The Hennessy VSOP Privilege Limited Edition by Carnovsky – affectionately know R as ‘Layered Harmonies’. This special Read full article...
Martell’s New Blue Swift Cognac VSOP aged in Bourbon Casks is an Eau-de-vie de Vin (Video)
14-09-2016 / +++ Exclusive! We’re probably the first to cover this, worldwide. +++ Go to the product page on Cognac-Expert and sign up for our availability alert, here: Martell Blue Swift. By Max  As we reported some time ago, Martell has been working on “Blue Swift” – and here it is! The somewhat long, full name of the Read full article...
Our Visit to Camus Cognac Or How to Blend Your Own Cognac
01-09-2016 / By Max It was in May of this year when I had the chance of visiting the house of Camus Cognac, along with a group of my friends. We arrived at the location – Rue Margerite in Cognac, and were feeling pretty honored to be able to take advantage of this special tour, the Camus Master Read full article...

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Our Visit to Camus Cognac Or How to Blend Your Own Cognac
01-09-2016 / By Max It was in May of this year when I had the chance of visiting the house of Camus Cognac, along with a group of my friends. We arrived at the location – Rue Margerite in Cognac, and were feeling pretty honored to be able to take advantage of this special tour, the Camus Master Read full article...
Introducing Cognac Subscription Service by
21-12-2015 / Sophie and Max are happy to present our new subscription service: Cognac Subscription. Cognac Subscription is a new cognac service designed by the team of Receive Cognacs per month, every other month or per quarter. This service is designed for and around you: Once you picked a plan, we do brief quiz that helps us get to know Read full article...
Sophie & Max’s Visit to DEAU Cognac
24-09-2015 / In the late summer of 2013 we had the pleasure of visiting DEAU Cognac; a brand that we were aware of, but were not yet that familiar with. It gave us the chance to both meet some wonderful people, and also to taste some very fine cognac. Discovering the production facilities, the chai (cellars) and Read full article...
Sophie’s Meukow Cognac Cocktails – from California!
15-09-2015 / On Labor Day weekend, I joined friends in Joshua Tree near Palm Springs, California. It’s very simple: Enjoy the dry desert heat, the pool, the BBQ, sleeping, reading – and of course sipping on some refreshing cocktails throughout the day.  What better way to spend the holiday weekend?… So I decided to bring along a bottle Read full article...

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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...
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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...


Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac
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...
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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...
Courvoisier VSOP
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...
Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne
Cognac Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne
07-05-2015 / A reader has a cognac bottle of Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne at home. 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 2 bottles were found in an excavation about 70 years ago.” (If Read full article... A short history

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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!

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