Almost sold out! Sophie & Max’s Sélection Nº 1 Limited Edition X.O.

We’re now well into 2018 and it’s almost three months since we launched our very first, very own Sophie & Max Sélection Nº 1 X.O.–a Limited Edition Cognac available only to our beloved Cognac Expert readers. We couldn’t have hoped for it to be more of a success. For this, we have our loyal customers to thank. Merci! Not to mention the brilliance that is Jacques Petit of Andre Petit & Fils Cognac, of course. He is an amazingly gifted local Cognac...
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What is a Napoleon Cognac? And our Best Of 2018

Hot on the heels of some of our other educational articles, such as those that demystify terms like ‘Extra’ and ‘Fine Champagne’, here is the definitive explanation of exactly what the term Napoleon means when describing a Cognac or a brandy. The name derives from the political figure Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). First and foremost, it’s important to understand that Napoleon is not an official age determination for a Cognac. Only the terms VS, VSOP, and XO are the official terms...
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Why is Cognac called Champagne?

"Champagne." Why is this term plastered all over labels and descriptions of Cognac? Is the drink made from Champagne? Do some Cognacs contain Champagne? Do they come from the same region? What on earth do Cognac and Champagne have in common? OK, so let’s shed some light on the subject, because it confuses many. Cognac Expert has got the definitive explanation to demystify the Cognac/Champagne issue once and for all. Cognac and Champagne are two different drinks To clarify: Cognac is made...
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Cognac and Climate Change: It’s scary…

Call it what you like: Climate change, global warming, a natural occurrence–it doesn’t matter how you dress it up. The irrefutable proof is that our climate is changing. And it's a big problem. And in France, and let’s talk specifically about our little South-Western corner, there is no doubt that the temperature is gradually creeping up.   Well, unless you talk about the summer of 2017, that is, which was particularly dismal and one that seemed to never stop raining. That...
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12 Secret Cognac Travel Destinations 2018

The first month of the year has already flown by. We’re well into February, and if you’re anything like us, then thoughts of summer and travel are coming to mind. Why not plan a trip to the Charente, the French Cognac region? It's an undiscovered, non-touristy, stunning part of South West France. You can visit the most amazing Cognac gems, unknown little producers, and other incredible sights. Enjoy amazing food, drink the best wine, and sample the most diverse range...
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