EXSTOrdinary Women - A Cognac Appreciation Masterclass with Julie Dupouy

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It isn’t everyday a woman is recognised for her extraordinary conviction. Known as one of the world’s best sommeliers, Julie Dupouy has held the title of Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2019, and was 3rd in ASI World Championship 2016.

Together with master cognac blenders, the Vallantin-Dulac family, Julie has designed contemporary cognacs with the rarest and finest eaux-de-vie.

The results are truly magical. We invite you to share in an intimate evening masterclass with Julie Dupouy.

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About Julie Dupouy

Originally from the southwest of France, Julie Dupouy has been living in Dublin since 2004.

She started her career in one of Ireland’s most acclaimed restaurants, Patrick Guilbaud, which has two Michelin stars, and worked at Greenhouse and Chapter One, both of which have one star. Julie founded her consultancy company Down2Wine in 2014. Julie has won the title of Best Sommelier in Ireland every year since 2009.

In 2016, Julie placed third at the ASI World’s Best Sommelier Championship. She was one of just four women in the competition and the second female sommelier ever to reach the final of the world championships.

The Sommelier’s Touch — Redefining Tradition

In the wine-growing region surrounding the town of Cognac, white grapes ripen on hillslopes warmed by the summer sun. Only the finest grapes are fermented and then slowly double distilled to create eaux de vie – a brandy spirit with the complexity and depth of a fine wine unique to the craft of Cognac.

Guided by EXSTO’s Master Blender Géraud Vallantin-Dulac, EXSTO sommelier and aroma connoisseur Julie Dupouy chose to work with 15 small producers from the Cognac region, selecting only eight of the best eaux de vie, all of which have spent decades aging in rare, French oak barrels. 

The result? A modern, elegant Cognac with a sensual, lively spirit.

“We hope you love drinking EXSTO as much as we love creating it”

– The EXSTO Cognac team