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Mandarine Napoleon XO Gold: $2,200 Cognac liqueur
20-08-2017 / A 125-year-old anniversary (or, to give it its proper name, a quasquicentennial) is worth celebrating. If you ask us though, the latest limited edition offering by Mandarine Napoleon would probably not have been our first choice to celebrate… Sadly, the producer doesn’t have professional product shots of the bottle or the box. They were very friendly when Read full article...
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The sought-after Borderies Cognac Growth Area
18-08-2017 / The saying, ‘small is beautiful’ certainly rings true when it comes to describing the terroir of Cognac known as Borderies. Covering only 4,000 hectares, the region is located on a plateau comprising clay and flint stones that have resulted from the decomposition of the limestone found in the area. Thanks to the plateau, the exposure Read full article...
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New: Hennessy X.X.O Launch
10-08-2017 / A new product, Hennessy X.X.O Hors d’Age, by Hennessy, is being launched at Singapore Changi Airport between August 1 and September 11. It is the international launch preview of this new Cognac and the only place to get your hands on it. So if you’re passing through, don’t miss your chance. Be the first to know when Hennessy X.X.O is available Read full article...
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The Best Cognacs of 2017
09-08-2017 / It’s award time again. The renowned International Wine & Spirits Competition (ISWC) held in London has announced the winners for 2017’s Best Cognacs. The medals are awarded in three categories for Cognac–Bronze, Silver, and Gold–with the added bonus ‘Outstanding’ in each medal range. It’s exciting to see more and more Cognac brands realizing the importance of entering Read full article...

Latest from Sophie & Max

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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...
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Sophie’s Visit to the Hennessy 8 Launch
28-10-2016 / I have to say, I was really excited to be invited to the official launch of Hennessy 8 in Los Angeles. After all, what else can a girl ask for? The chance to be present at a piece of Hennessy history, the chance to dress up, and the chance to mingle with Hollywood and Cognac 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 Extra Cognac. I personally think this is a really great cognac. It’s been well marketed, and the decanter is solid and well crafted. It’s clever really, because the bottle is black. Read more about Dark & Intense Read full article...
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Introducing Cognac Subscription Service by Cognac-Expert.com
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 Cognac-Expert.com. 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...

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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...
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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...
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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...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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