$2,888 cognac launched here

Paris-based entrepreneur Sabrina Duong (left) and Dublin-based sommelier Julie Dupouy teamed up with the Vallantin-Dulac family - master blenders of cognac since the 18th century - to create Exsto, which comes in two blends (right): Exsto Or Imperial
Paris-based entrepreneur Sabrina Duong (left) and Dublin-based sommelier Julie Dupouy teamed up with the Vallantin-Dulac family - master blenders of cognac since the 18th century - to create Exsto, which comes in two blends: Exsto Or Imperial and Exsto Elixir.PHOTO: EXSTO COGNAC

Creators of Exsto wanted a brandy that would better suit modern palates

In the male-dominated world of cognac, two French women want to change the perception of the drink and make it accessible to all.

One of the highest-ranking female sommeliers in the world, Dublin-based Julie Dupouy, 36, and Paris-based entrepreneur Sabrina Duong, 39, have teamed up with the Vallantin-Dulac family - master blenders of cognac since the 18th century - to come up with Exsto.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline '$2,888 cognac launched here'. Print Edition | Subscribe