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A true treasure
This is a 1922 Grande Champagne blended with 1924 to get the percentage to 40%. As all cognacs in Grosperrin's "Treasor" series it is very good. This cognac has a deep dark cognac, and it has a beautiful hang in the glass with distinct tears. At first it is a bit shy on the nose, you need to give...
A very good purchase
Jean Fillioux is one of my favorite producers, and No 1 is one of their best products. The bottle I use for this review was bottled in 2014, so I guess the current blend is somewhat younger. I also have an even older version on shelf. This cognac has a nice golden color and is rich on the nose. I...
Tough and tasteful
This is a bottle I have had on the shelf for some time. It is a Grande Champagne around 45 years old bottled at 47.4% This cognac has a dark golden color and need some time in the glass to release all aromas. I find darker notes from raisins, dried fruit, leather and wood, but also from orange. It...
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Cognac Expert: A short history
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 like a dedicated Cognac platform for China.
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