Cognac Expert asked 5 Parisians to pick their top 10 out of the cognac bottles our website enlists at this point. But be aware: We only asked for design and packaging criteria, not for the content. Good idea? Why not. Because Cognac is not only about the taste of the product, but also, among other elements, about its marketing and packaging. Let’s face it.

Top 10 Cognac Bottles

We tried to pick people with taste, people that work with design, form and beauty on a daily basis:

  • an architect (30, female)
  • a wine franchise shop manager (29, male)
  • a graphic designer (48, female)
  • a chocolatier (41, male)
  • a curator of a small museum  (50, female)

The good thing with this procedure is: Our invited 5 professionals don’t have a clue about cognac – yes they might have heard the word “Courvoisier” before, but ultimately their knowledge doesn’t go any further than that.

And we got our interdisciplinary jury’s result. The bottles come from bigger houses such as Martell, Hennessy, Camus, Remy Martin and Hine but also smaller ones like  Conjure and Bache Gabrielsen.

No.1

Read more about Martell’s Cordon Bleu

Wow.  It’s a simple bottle, but just beautiful. Some comments from our group “just simple, nice colours, a good degree of understatement”

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No.2

Read more about Bache Gabrielsen Barret Pure & Rustic

2nd place goes to the Pure & Rustic range from the house of Bache Gabrielsen: “Contemporary, modern, scandinavian – a very sexy Cognac bottle”
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No.3

Read more about Hine Rare VSOP

Hine is known for very simple bottling. Our group stated “very simplistic, and functional, beautiful carving and a perfect mix of modern and traditional forms and shapes”.

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No.4

Read more about Hennessy Pure White

Of course. We have seen this coming. The “White” is just a very unique cognac bottle, “nice label and name – the bottle has some grapes in the glass, smart form and lovely bottle neck”.

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No.5

Read more about Rémy Martin 1988

This Vintage from Rémy takes place 5: “We could have taken Rémy V, but this bottle is still a bit more classy. Love the black wax, the brown label, and colour elements of dark brown, red and little bit of gold”.

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No.6

Read more about Camus’ special bottle “Women in bath”

This porcelain bottle takes rank 6, as our group thinks it’s “just a very unique idea, a book meets a bottle meets ‘After The Bath’, with a little flower as stopper. Lovely. ”



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No.7

Read more about Courvoisier Napoleon

And number 7 is a very tradional cognac bottle: “Very conservative in terms of shape and colours, but coherent and just a nice object”.

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No.8

Read more about Conjure Cognac

Conjure Cognac takes place 8, as “the bottle seems perfectly balanced, the upside down writing is unique, and there are little ladies on the structure of the glass. Nice detail.”

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No.9

Read more about Camus Ile De Ré Cognac XO

The Island Cognac takes place 9, “very round product design, reminds directly of naval & maritime theme, with nice navy colours and oceanic feeling in the picture. The bottle shape emphasizes a sea-near character, reminds of a whisky.”

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No.10

Read more about Hennessy Paradis EXTRA

And last but not least, the Paradis bottle from Hennessy “that is just a elegant object, very female and round shapes, amazing stopper and crystal structure.”

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Tell us what you think. Would you have made the same descision? Or not at all?

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

8 Comments

  1. The Remy Martin Rare Cask or Black Pearl bottle! Both are striking.

  2. I agree, that No 6 is really kitsch and strange. How come they picked that one? I agree with No 1, but again, I think that the book like bottle is horrible.

  3. Heinrich

    there were a lot of bottles missing from that list. Louis XIII de Rémy Martin comes to mind.

  4. Where’s the Larsen’s viking ship bottle?

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