What is Cognac?

How to taste Cognac? How is it produced? And what are the different Cognac ages and grades? Read about those questions and other general information.

Everything about VS, VSOP, XO, Napoléon Cognac. Learn about the different quality grades and the blending

When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you notice is that each bottle is graded in different ways – and the most common of these are VS, VSOP and XO.  But what does this actually mean?  And what about blending – how does that work? Okay, so let’s start at the beginning,…

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The 6 Crus of Cognac: Growth Area and Region

The Cognac region consists of six vineyard growth areas, called ‘Crus’. The grapes used for Cognac brandy must always come from this French region. The area covers the Charente-Maritime, a large part of the Charente and some smaller parts of Deux-Sèvres and the famous Dordogne. The “Origine Controlée Cognac” (AOC) Cognac is an Appellation that…

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Mac A Andrew’s Cognac Guide featured on Cognac-Expert.com

Mac A Andrew’s Cognac Guide We are very happy to announce that we are going to publish writing and chapters of Mac A Andrew’s book “Cognac – an independent guide to the people, the product and the region” on Cognac-Expert.com: See all articles of the series. We will present Mac’s writing in an article series…

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Buy Cognac Online? Order Cognac From our Store

If you are wondering, where you can buy cognac online in the internet, then you have arrived at the right place. In January 2013 we launched the Cognac-Expert.com Online Shop. Discover over 400 different Cognac bottles ready to be shipped to you, anywhere in the world, directly from the region of Cognac. Many of our readers used…

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How to drink Cognac?

Wow – that’s certainly a complex question, how to drink Cognac.  There are so many differing points of view and personal preferences to be taken into account. However, the following are some of the different points that you might want to think about when enjoying your Cognac and brandy.   Some of the most obvious…

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Cognac and the History of Emblems

While many people think that branding is a relatively new marketing strategy in the cognac industry, a look back through the history of cognac shows that it’s a tradition that’s been many years in the making. Back in the mid-1700s, merchants of British descent settled in the region of the Charente – and around the…

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The 6 Crus of Cognac: Growth Area and Region

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