What can Cognac Expert do for you
Cognac Expert offers you a holistic approach to the world of Cognac; not only can you shop from over 100 different Cognac brands and browse more than 800 products online, but you can also dip your toes into the fascinating Cognac universe, interact with our community, and discover more about French heritage and the culture of eaux-de-vie. All this of course, with exceptional service as we lovingly pack bottles by hand and ship directly from our cellar in the Cognac region of France.
We believe small is beautiful
We are brother and sister, Sophie and Max, and represent a new generation of Cognac lovers. Operating from the Charente region from our family estate, we create ties between the local and the global by nurturing relationships with our neighboring producers, and presenting their craft Cognacs on a international stage.
Awarded & Featured:
We grant you access to some of the smallest, artisanal Cognac houses through to the classic brands, while continuing to deliver exceptional service worldwide from the heart of France. In this way, we offer our customers an authentic and unique shopping experience.
Three generations of farming
Here at Cognac Expert, we believe that our story speaks volumes. As farmers ourselves, we understand what it is to grow vines; the successes and challenges, and the fleeting beauty of a fruitful harvest. Our family has been farming in the French Charentais region for generations, and with our curated selection of products online, we offer both connaisseurs and newcomers a glimpse into the hidden corners of the Cognac world. Our family roots in Cognac extend back three generations.
Over half a century ago, our grandfather farmed crops and cultivated walnut and apple plantations, but was also known for his vineyards on our estate, Logis de Beaulieu. After a series of economic difficulties, vines were uprooted, and prices fell. Coming from creative industries, we were both set on reclaiming our family heritage and the essence of a region that we love in an innovative way.
We began to wonder how we could revive the life and soul of our family estate, the Logis de Beaulieu, and sustain it into the future. With that, Cognac Expert was born.
Cognac Expert today
With a longstanding history in the region, Cognac Expert wish to get rid of the tweed and cigar image that has been long associated with the spirit. We are still learning more and more every day, thanks to 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 for generations.
We are both now deeply attached to this part of the world, and to Cognac production in particular, which is present in all areas of life here. Fast forward 10 years, and we continue to evolve and expand our online Cognac online shop and blog. We offer a glimpse into the mysteries of the French countryside, have re-planted our own vines organically, and have even launched our very own brand of Cognac through collaborating with family-run brands - the Sophie & Max Sélection.
Handpicked at the estate
A lot of the process takes place at the heart of our estate in rural France, Logis de Beaulieu. We provide an ever-increasing number of products that are only available locally, along with personalized guidance and tools on how to choose the right Cognac for you.
Offering a high international standard of service, we deliver your bottle from the French countryside to your doorstep, and strive to present you with nothing less than exceptional quality. Cognac Expert's number one priority is your trust and product safety, therefore we use protected payment services for each individual delivery.
Our testimonials (Quotes from our 5th Anniversary)
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 for telling the best stories that our vineyards have to offer.”
Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen, Bache Gabrielsen Cognac
"Cognac Expert has become the reference web platform for Cognac aficionados and enthusiasts. Thanks to the great dedication of Max and Sophie, it is now a fantastic tool and information base for any Cognac lover. Long live Cognac Expert!”
Olivier Paultes, Hennessy Cognac
"Congratulations to the team! After 5 dedicated years led with a passion for Cognac, you have largely contributed to its success in the internet realm. As we say here at Hennessy: 'Never stop, never settle.' A huge MERCI, and may your work continue for a long, long time!”
Elodie Abécassis, ABK6 Cognac
"Congratulations, and thank you for sharing so much information and being so active in the Cognac industry.”
Claire Coates, So YANG
“Congrats to this efficient and creative team who had the idea to create and animate Cognac communication. 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... The best Cognac website worldwide!"
Elodie Bouyer, Birius Cognac
"The adventure that started 5 years ago was a long desired initiative. Congratulations on this well deserved success. And a long life to Cognac Expert!”
Olivier Blanc, Leopold Gourmel Cognac
“What an adventure in just 5 years: From the flat country to the spirit valley, with humor and curiosity, interest and broad-mindedness, 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 led 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
"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!”
Nicholas Faith, writer and true Cognac connaisseur
"Five years of Cognac Expert - seems like just yesterday? How DID we manage without it?"
Cognac community in France and beyond
None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for our young, dynamic and international team based all around Europe. We operate locally with a global mindset, and channel this in both the way that we organize ourselves as a team, and interact with our wonderful neighbors.
Here at our estate Logis de Beaulieu in Poullignac.
Not forgetting our ever-growing community of Cognac lovers... We love your comments, we sell your bottles, and we are proud to present a place for you to meet, share, learn and enjoy.
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