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.
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.
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”
Read more about Bache Gabrielsen Barret Pure & Rustic
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”.
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”.
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”.
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. ”
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”.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Tell us what you think. Would you have made the same descision? Or not at all?