Sophie & Max Selection N° 1 Cognac
0 1 2 3 4 5.0 / 5 - See 6 reviews

Sophie & Max Selection N° 1 Cognac

0 1 2 3 4 5.0 / 5 - See 6 reviews
Cognac age
Extra
Growth area
Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bons Bois
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
$ 130.00
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Cognac age
Extra
Growth area
Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bons Bois
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%

Tasting review

Eye: Beautiful old gold robe

Nose: Gentle but deliciously complex on the nose

Palate: Remarkably balanced and smooth, evolving during the taste sensation. Mature aromas of dried fruit, vanilla, oak, and rancio. The finish is long, and ultimately satisfying, Anyone who enjoys a full body will love this Cognac.
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Sélection N° 1 is sold out (this was 2017, only 150 bottles available) but Sélection N° 2 is now available! Discover our second Sélection Edition.

Description

Sophie & Max Sélection Nº 1 is the very first Limited Edition Cognac produced by Cognac Expert. Sophie & Max partnered with their neighbor, Cognac producer Jacques Petit, to create an exclusive 150 bottle edition of this beautiful bottle. Sélection Nº 1 is a remarkable extra old X.O. Cognac that has been aged in oak barrels for up to 25 years.

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Discover our N° 2

André Petit & Fils, the name of Jacques' Cognac house, is family-run to this day. Read all about our Limited Edition in our blog article.

Sélection Nº 1 is blended with eaux-de-vies from multiple growth areas–the premium Petite Champagne, the Fins Bois, and the Bons Bois–to create a particularly balanced and smooth taste with aromas of vanilla, oak, and dried fruit.

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This is a wonderful Cognac to enjoy as a digestif after a festive holiday meal, or to accompany a decadent dessert. It is a tasteful gift that reflects elegance and understated chic.

Reviews (6)

Overall rating 0 1 2 3 4 5,00/5
By
on  Dec 5, 2018
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
5
Palate:
5
Value for money:
5

Poetry in a bottle

Dear Cognac-Expert Team,

As with my prior review, I wanted to thoroughly sample Selection No. 2 before sharing my thoughts. After all, such tender loving care by the artisan producer and Cognac-Expert to put together something truly special deserves nothing less. (And, the back-story on this cognac is quite special. Elodie’s grandfather Jack would indeed be proud.)

First, a word about the bottle and label. It’s lovely; from the embossed label to the large gold leaf lettering...in harmony with the gold ribbon-stripe…its elegance and simplicity make for an especially nice presentation. And the creamy white wax treatment on top is a classy touch. (It’s not the expensive, heavy, soon-to-be-recycled fancy glass decanter that looks like an over-sized perfume bottle that matters; it’s what’s inside the bottle that counts!)

Again, not possible, nor desirable, to pop a cork, slam a dram, and expect to develop a reasoned, thoughtful opinion. For my sampling, I used a tulip-shaped tasting glass from a Francois Voyer Hors d’Age set. It’s a great glass with a small stem, making it easier to palm and thus gently warm the cognac. For this cognac, a little warmth rewards with both aroma and flavor.

A great cognac should never be hurried, and Selection No. 2 is no exception. It has a gentle, nuanced personality. Its flavor profile is unique, with a dry, graceful essence. It has a lightness I was certainly not expecting for such an old cognac; of course, EXTRA doesn’t always mean dark and heavy. Selection No. 2 pairs well with dark chocolate, but not too dark. Bitter chocolate would distract the palate from this spirit’s subtle, elegant nature. This is a cognac I especially look forward to sharing with friends.

~Well balanced, with light pepper/spice and subtle fruit. After some time, delightful floral aromas develop.

~Medium nose, very engaging; smooth, clean and slightly dry finish.

Nose : 5

Palate : 5

Aftertaste (finish) : 5



By
on  May 20, 2018
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
5
Palate:
4
Value for money:
5

Quality cognac

I finally tasted this cognac and was thoroughly impressed. On the nose, it’s great, candied fruits and slight aroma of vanilla. It has a well balanced taste and a super smooth finish. I love the bottle, struggled with the wax a bit, but I appreciate the craftsmanship behind it and that each one is unique. VERY GOOD COGNAC. 114/150. I need another bottle.


By
on  Mar 22, 2018
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
5
Palate:
4
Value for money:
5

Enjoyable Tipple

Received my greatly anticipated bottle of Sophie & Max Selection No1, bottle numbered 120/150. I started with 2 ounces in a Schott Zwiezel Tritan Cognac glass. Pour presents a golden honey color. Initial nose of vanilla and leather with a bit of heat that eases. Taste is well balanced with a nice lingering finish. Wonderfully smooth but with enough character to appreciate the sophistication of the spirit. This is truly a great addition to my collection that I will be proud to share with others. I will not hesitate to add Sophie and Max's next Selection to my shelves.



By
on  Jan 6, 2018
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
4
Palate:
4
Value for money:
5

Esquire

Dear Cognac Expert Team,

I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get this review out to you, but I wanted to thoroughly sample Selection No. 1 before providing a review. After all, the Team put a lot of time, dedication, heart and soul into this project, and deserve more than a three sentence opinion.

Let me start with my personal bias. I am a fan of Cognac-Expert, and suspected this wouldn’t just be a good cognac, but a special one. Sophie and Max likely wouldn’t have put their names on the bottle unless the cognac inside was truly singular. Cognac-Expert’s commitment to quality and total engagement with all things cognac was the red-carpet for this XO’s introduction. And, with Jacques Petit at the helm, I knew this would be a treat.

I’m also a fan of small, artisan, handcrafted spirits. Yes, my cabinet has several big-name XO bottles within it, but residing alongside is an equal number of small-producer XOs. Another bias (sorry, genes at work) is that my palate tends to resonate most harmoniously with dark, layered XO cognacs, including Hennessy, De Luze, and Martell.

A word about the bottle. I must admit, it took me a tiny bit to warm up to Selection No. 1’s contemporary styled label, juxtaposed to the (quite special) old-world wax treatment on top. Admittedly, it does whisper modern elegance, simple yet stylish, with a nod to handcrafted tradition.

A long time ago in a cabinet far, far away, I used to relish the heavy, ornate and sometimes even cumbersome bottles of elite cognac. But really, it’s the liquid inside that matters. Yes, presentation counts, but I like to think I’ve graduated, moved past packaging and able to focus on substance far above form. After all, when you’re done with your beautiful Remy or Louis Royer bottle, what do you do with it? Recycle it? Perhaps use it for some type of art or craft? Or, more likely, just store it in a cabinet. (One of the nicest bottles out there is that of Martell‘s Cordon Bleu. Nothing fancy or over the top, just a simple, timeless shape and beautifully understated label...a classic.)


Now on to the task at hand…

Rarely can one pop a cork, slam a dram, and offer a valid opinion. Selection No. 1 cannot be hurried. Its personality indeed takes some time to develop. It requires time in the glass, gently warmed by the hand, to bring forth the most it has to offer. (I used a Riedel Vinum Hennessy Cognac glass.)


~Well balanced, full-bodied with light wood and vanilla tones.
~Medium nose, not overly complex; smooth, lingering finish.

Nose : 4

Palate : 4

Aftertaste (finish) : 5

Value for money : 5


Shop owner reply (Feb 23, 2018):
Dear Mister Borges,
this is such a great review - we really appreciate it!
Sophie & Max
By
on  Nov 22, 2017
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
5
Palate:
5
Value for money:
5

Sélection No1 one of my favorites

We've known Jacques for years, and we've been loving his Cognacs since day 1. Jacques's X.O. Extra is one of my absolute favorites. It's extremely smooth to drink, and still offers a versatile range of aromas. I particularly enjoy the oakiness of the blend. It's perfect for a cozy winter day. Obviously I'm biased, but I really do believe that this Cognac is absolutely ravishing. And I love the contemporary bottle we designed : )


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Sophie & Max Selection N° 1 Cognac

Eye: Beautiful old gold robe

Nose: Gentle but deliciously complex on the nose

Palate: Remarkably balanced and smooth, evolving during the taste sensation. Mature aromas of dried fruit, vanilla, oak, and rancio. The finish is long, and ultimately satisfying, Anyone who enjoys a full body will love this Cognac.
.

Sélection N° 1 is sold out (this was 2017, only 150 bottles available) but Sélection N° 2 is now available! Discover our second Sélection Edition.