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Mandarine Napoleon XO Gold: $2,200 Cognac liqueur

By Sophie A 125-year-old anniversary (or, to give it its proper name, a quasquicentennial) is worth celebrating. If you ask us though, the latest limited edition offering by Mandarine Napoleon would probably not have been our first choice to celebrate... Sadly, the producer doesn't have professional product shots of the bottle or the box. They were very friendly when we asked them to send us images, this is the only one they had, which is a little bit surprising for a brand that...
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The sought-after Borderies Cognac Growth Area

The saying, ‘small is beautiful’ certainly rings true when it comes to describing the terroir of Cognac known as Borderies. Covering only 4,000 hectares, the region is located on a plateau comprising clay and flint stones that have resulted from the decomposition of the limestone found in the area. Thanks to the plateau, the exposure of the grapes to the sun is excellent, and the chalky soil allows the roots to go extremely deep and soak up all the goodness...
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New: Hennessy X.X.O Launch

A new product, Hennessy X.X.O Hors d'Age, by Hennessy, is being launched at Singapore Changi Airport between August 1 and September 11. It is the international launch preview of this new Cognac and the only place to get your hands on it. So if you're passing through, don't miss your chance. Be the first to know when Hennessy X.X.O is available via Cognac Expert and sign up here. A while back, we discovered a hidden trademark named Hennessy XXO. We published our speculations about Hennessy launching a new product, and were pretty...
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The Best Cognacs of 2017

It’s award time again. The renowned International Wine & Spirits Competition (ISWC) held in London has announced the winners for 2017's Best Cognacs. The medals are awarded in three categories for Cognac–Bronze, Silver, and Gold–with the added bonus ‘Outstanding’ in each medal range. It’s exciting to see more and more Cognac brands realizing the importance of entering their creations into such competitions. After all, being judged against your fellow Cognac houses in similar categories must be nerve wracking and elating at once when...
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Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal launches in Europe

Check out what Cognac-Expert's Michelle reviewed for you: Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal! Since 1724 and for five generations the House of Rémy Martin have created Fine Champagne cognacs that have been driven by the quest to capture the Heart of Cognac. Due to its success in the United States, Rémy Martin lovers will be very pleased to hear that 1738 Accord Royal has now reached Europe, where of course it was created in the first place. Cellar master Georges...
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Everything about VS, VSOP, XO, Napoléon Cognac. Learn about the different quality rating and the blending

When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you notice is that each bottle has a different age specific rating. The most common ratings are VS Cognac, VSOP Cognac and XO Cognac. But what does this actually mean? And what about blending - how does that work? Get an overview of every Cognac age category in our online shop. Let's start at the beginning by discovering exactly what these terms actually mean: VS Cognac: This stands for 'Very Special' Alternatively, ✯✯✯ (three stars), means exactly the same...
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