One thing that makes any cognac aficionado shudder to the core is the thought of being sold a fake. And just because you might have a bit of experience doesn’t mean you don’t stand to get caught out.
For instance, eBay is one place where it seems it’s always possible to purchase, let’s say as an example bottles of Courvoisier Erte for way below the original retail price. And that alone should be enough to alert you that a bottle is not quite what it seems. After all, these limited edition cognacs should be going up in value, not down.
Of course, Erte isn’t the only type of cognac that is faked, and if you’re thinking of purchasing from anywhere other than an authorized seller (such as Cognac-Expert.com) then you should always be on your guard for any warning signs that might suggest all is not as it first seems.
So where do these fakes originate? Well, we’re not saying that they all come from here, but Thailand is literally a melting pot for fakes of all kinds. A recent traveller to Bangkok went into a liquor store and saw a bottle of Courvoisier Erte number 8, Inédit, on sale for the incredible price of 5000 Baht (around $125).
When they asked the store owner how likely it was that the bottle was the genuine articles, all he received was a smile, and the comment that there were other labels if he preferred. Enough said….
It seems that cognac is a victim of its own success, as anything that becomes valuable is bound to be targeted by the counterfeiters. So it really does come down to buyer beware when it comes to ensuring you avoid these bottles. After all, the last thing any cognac collector wants is to find what he or she thinks is a great addition, only to discover at a later date that it’s not the real deal.