Sophie and Max Selection Cognac
Brother and sister duo, Max and Sophie, founded Cognac Expert 10 years ago. They actively promote small, family-run Cognac producers, hoping to share little known talent in the region with Cognac lovers and connoisseurs worldwide. Sophie & Max Sélection Cognac is a series of Limited Edition Cognacs designed to bring artisan Cognac houses to the attention of a global audience. The sales of the bottles directly benefit the producers and help them maintain their family brands. These producers still practice the true art of Cognac-making, some still harvest their grapes by hand. By featuring select Cognacs in the Sélection series , this valuable heritage will hopefully be protected.
Finally, one global pandemic later, we are thrilled to launch our Sophie & Max Sélection N° 3 Limited Edition Cognac. After Sélection N° 1 XO, a collaboration with André Petit & Fils, and Sélection N° 2 EXTRA, a blend created by Cognac Birius, this third limited edition in our line of exclusive partnerships with artisanal producers is a Réserve by Cognac Bertrand.
Sophie & Max Sélection N° 3
Sophie & Max Sélection N° 3 Réserve was developed in close exchange with Seph Hall and Thérèse Bertrand, who have been running the Bertrand brand since moving back to Thérèse’s family estate back in 2010. In fact, it was at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner, which Thérèse and Seph hosted, when we suddenly thought Seph should blend the next Cognac in our Sélection series.
It was the way he spoke about his craft but also about other topics ranging from international politics to sustainable energies, that got us excited to take this leap.
Sophie & Max Sélection N° 2
The whole process of creating Sélection N° 2 has been a wonderful and informative journey. For us, as always, Cognac is all about production, craft, and family tradition. Treading this lesser worn path brings about the discovery of all that’s made Cognac the world’s most sought after brandy. So to collaborate with the wonderful artisan house of Birius for the creation of Sélection N° 2 was both a joy and an honor.
Sophie & Max Sélection N° 1
Sélection Nº 1 was created in collaboration with André Petit & Fils Cognac, a truly traditional, artisan house whose Cognacs we love.
XO Extra Quality: The eaux-de-vie that make up this mature blend have been aged for up to 25 years, a quarter-century!
Multi-terroir blend: This means that the grapes that make up the eaux-de-vie used for this blend originate from multiple growth areas. In this case they come from the premier Petite Champagne, the Fins Bois, and Bons Bois terroirs. The art in Cognac blending is to find eaux-de-vie that complement each other and generate the perfect balance. We bow to the cellar master’s brilliance (more about him in a moment…).