Growth area & soil: Petite Champagne
Sélection N° 2 EXTRA Cognac
Introducing the highly anticipated arrival to the Sophie & Max family of Limited Edition Cognacs. Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 is the epitome of contemporary viticulture, combined with craftsmanship that dates back generations. This artisan blend falls into the “EXTRA” age category, in its very own triad of complementary vintages from 1975, 1982, and 1989.
This Cognac is an exciting addition to their growing Sélection series, which aims to shine the spotlight on artisan Cognac producers. At the heart of this series are those families who make Cognac from A to Z: tending to their vineyards, harvesting, distilling, aging, and finally blending. Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 is available exclusively to Cognac Expert readers and should not be missed during its short-term release.
Video: Making of
As with their previous release of Sélection N° 1, the sibling duo has devoted time to closely collaborate with a local producer in order to select an outstanding Cognac. Sophie and Max are delighted to have partnered with Domaine de Birius to share their latest blend with Cognac lovers worldwide. Fully committed to sustainable farming, Cellar Master Elodie Bouyer is one of the youngest in the Cognac world. She and her parents Anne and Philippe embody everything that Cognac Expert champions. Sélection N° 2 EXTRA is truly a family affair.
The three selected vintage barrels are a measure of this Cognac’s authenticity. Its grapes are harvested, and its eaux-de-vie aged in oak barrels using traditional techniques. Aged for three decades and longer, this fine trio of eaux-de-vie was twice-distilled by Elodie’s grandfather and delicately assembled by Elodie herself. The result is a blend that derives from one single growth area renowned for its chalky and porous soil, the Petite Champagne.
Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 EXTRA has been bottled in a limited edition of 500 and will be packed and shipped from Sophie and Max’s family estate Logis de Beaulieu in the Cognac region. Each bottle has been individually handled, labeled, and packaged. Sélection N° 2 EXTRA can be distinguished by its creamy white wax that was applied by hand, and the delicate golden stripe that runs down the neck of the bottle. Designed by the duo itself, it is a project of a caring collaboration.
The label exudes contemporary chic through the smallest of details. With embossed text and a gold leaf “EXTRA” on its slim bottle, the beauty of this Cognac is in its aesthetic simplicity. It has been designed to perfectly complement the Sélection N° 1 bottle in your cabinet.
Awards and Accolades
The Sélection N°2 received a fabulous score of 96/100 from Cigar & Spirits Magazine.
The Sophie & Max Story
The vision shared by Cognac Expert founders Sophie & Max is a longstanding one. Giving familial Cognac producers the exposure they deserve has been their business philosophy since it all began. Located at their family estate, Logis de Beaulieu, in the glorious Charentais countryside, Sophie and Max work hard to endorse smaller brands and keep things as local as possible. In doing so, they are helping to pave a future for the heritage of Cognac culture.
The Sophie & Max Sélection series is the result of turning passion into product. The initial Sélection N° 1, which was an X.O. Cognac, was an exclusive line bottled by their neighbor and local producer Jacques Petit. The Limited Edition of only 150 bottles sold out immediately. Read more about the launch of the first Sélection edition here.
How to enjoy Sélection N° 2 EXTRA
Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2 EXTRA is a mature Cognac that has been aged in oak barrels for 30 years and longer. The resulting aromatic subtleties are best enjoyed when the Cognac is at room temperature. Drink it neat, in a tumbler or tulip glass. If you are interested in food pairing, try this dry and pure Cognac with chilled oysters and other seafood dishes. It also goes incredibly well with dark chocolate–a dark mousse au chocolat coupled with Sélection N° 2 is the ultimate taste sensation to top off a special dinner.
very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet
Starts off sharp on the pallet and nose, but evolves as it warms in your hand. Be patient as it gets better the longer it sits in the glass. After a few minutes, the smell of apricots and orange peel emerge before finishing off as butterscotch and honey. The finish is velvet smooth with no bite. Marvelous...
A Very Fine Pure and Dry Extra.
This № 2 opens with a very "clean", nice fragrance, somewhat resembling a fine bourbon. The rear label states that this Extra has a "Pure and Dry" taste profile, and I couldn't agree more with that statement. As well, it has a wonderful long finish. This № 2 pairs well with a fine cigar, and...
really something special..
the family loved the fruity but warm notes on the nose, just take a breath, close your eyes . ..some find a chocolate smell, some apricots. Sweetness feeling. The palate leaves a nice sensation, let it flow and find the various elements, it feels again more sweet, not burning. we enjoyed the aftertaste,...
A blend of Petite Champagne Vintages from 1975, 1982 and 1989. Lovely fruit notes on the nose, with perhaps some chocolate notes appearing as it opens more. Very gentle, complex, and elegant. The palate is also very elegant, with fruits and spices in a dry, and lengthy finish. Very lovely and...