Sophie & Max from Cognac-Expert
Sister and brother Sophie & Max

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A new generation of Cognac lovers is born

We're sister and brother, Sophie and Max, and we are part of a new generation of Cognac lovers. Our dream is to rejuvenate the world of Cognac, and to get rid of the tweed and cigar image that has been associated with the spirit for so long. Cognac has many beautiful facets: While its tradition and cultural heritage are closely tied to the French Charente-region, Cognac attracts international customers who are looking for sophistication and a unique experience.

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Sophie & Max from Cognac-Expert

Our family roots in Cognac extend back three generations. Over half a century ago, our grandparents acquired an agricultural property in the Cognac region. Alongside farming crops and cultivating walnut and apple plantations, our grandfather also farmed Cognac vineyards. Since we can remember, friends and neighbors have made Cognac and shared their secrets with us. We have learned from the most experienced farmers, distillers, blenders, and merchants. These people are the very heart and soul of Cognac, they operate on traditions that have been passed down to them since generations. We are both deeply attached to this part of the world, and to Cognac production in particular, which is present in all areas of life here.

Our estate in Cognac, France 

A newspaper clipping of the harvest at our property in the 1950s

Cognac Expert honors these traditions by bringing together our love for the region, our ambition to innovate, and our fascination with sharing knowledge globally via the internet. We want to offer our readers an exclusive universe where they can discover everything about Cognac. Over the years, we have built up a young, and dynamic team of 20 people based all around Europe. We believe in creating international networks between like-minded people and nurturing dialogue across borders, both within our team as well as with our customers. 

Harvest helpers in the courtyard of our estate in the 1960s

The Cognac we sell on Cognac Expert strictly originate from the Cognac region. We can guarantee absolute authenticity thanks to our strong local ties. We ship your bottles directly from Cognac, France, to your doorstep–no need to worry about packaging, insurance, and customs declarations, we do it all. Cognac Expert's number one priority is our customers' trust and safety, therefore we use protected payment services.

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Awarded “International Cognac writer of the Year" in 2013, Cognac Expert is the leading platform and preferred source for all things Cognac."

Awarded “International Cognac writer of the Year" in 2013, Cognac Expert is the leading platform and preferred source for all things Cognac." 5th Anniversary Notes from Cognac producers & friends 

 François Le Grelle, Cognac HINE
“Five years and counting… Cognac Expert is one step away from becoming an XO! Much like our small team of twenty-two at Hine, your reputation is inversely proportional to your size. Congratulations Sophie and Max for your commitment, attention to detail, and passion in telling the finest stories ourvineyards have to unveil.”

Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen, Bache Gabrielsen Cognac
“Cognac-Expert has become the reference web platform for Cognac aficionados and enthusiasts. Thanks to the great dedication from Max & Sophie, it is now a fantastic tool and info base for any Cognac lover. Long life to Cognac-Expert!”

Olivier Paultes, Hennessy Cognac
“CONGRATULATION TO THE TEAM!!! After 5 dedicated years filled with a passion for Cognac, you have largely contributed to its success in the realm of the internet. Like we say at Hennessy: Never stop never settle. . A huge MERCI, and may this continue for a long long time!!!”

Elodie Abécassis, ABK6 Cognac
“Happy Birthday Cognac Expert ! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing so much information and being so active for the Cognac industry.”

Claire Coates, SO YANG
“Congrats to this efficient and creative team who had the idea to create and animate the cognac communication worldwide. Within 5 years it became the most important website for the Cognac industry.”

Roland Legaret, DEAU Cognac
“Cheers to Cognac Expert for their 5 year anniversary! You’ve reached VSOP aging, and will ultimately become an XO… Happy Birthday to the best Cognac website worldwide!” 

Elodie Bouyer, Birius Cognac
“The adventure that started 5 years ago was a long desired initiative. Congratulations for this well deserved success. And a long life to Cognac Expert!!”

Olivier Blanc, Leopold Gourmel Cognac
“What an adventure in only 5 years: From the flat country to the spirit valley with humor and curiosity, interested and broad-minded, with passion and respect, with words and poetry, with kindness and pedagogy.”

Jean-Baptiste Pinard, Cognac Guy Pinard
“Building something is not easy. Keeping it alive for 5 years speaks for true passion. Sophie, Max, the entire Cognac Expert team: You have the passion for a product, a place, and for its people… This passion lead you to learn about the multiple facets that make up Cognac. Thanks to your approach and work, it always reminds me why I love to do my job. Thank you!”

Alexandre Gabriel, Cognac Ferrand
“Happy 5th Birthday to COGNAC EXPERT. Congratulations for these 5 good years. Now past the age of a young VSOP, you have, like a wonderful Grande Champagne, what it takes to age into a well-rounded “Ancestrale”. We are looking forward to this. Keep up the good work!”

Last but not least, here is a comment from the world’s leading authority on Cognac:

Nicholas Faith, Writer and true Cognac connoisseur
“Five years of Cognac Expert, seems like yesterday? How DID we manage without it?”