A while ago I dug into Hennessy Paradis and Tesseron Royal Blend, where I discovered many interesting facts. Today I want to look into another big player from Cognac area – Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac. Rémy Martin is a well-known house in a world of Cognacs, so let’s see what is unique about this distillery.
The House of Rémy Martin
The story of the House of Remy Martin started three centuries ago and is part of five generations. Since 1724, the House of Remy Martin is on their quest to produce the best what region of Petite and Grande Champagne can offer. Now two families with equal share run the business – Rémy Martin and the Heriard Dubreuil families.
Rémy Martin’s family understands the importance of time, and how can spirit develop over the years. So called the eaux-de-vie requires a great number of years to fully express its true character. Time is a master that Rémy Martin respects deeply, and counts on when it comes to the future. That might also be the reason they have one of the greatest cognac eaux-de-vie reserves in the world.
Part of the House of Rémy Martin is also an ongoing tradition to distill all its cognacs on the lees in small copper stills. This traditional process creates a perfectly balanced cognac with a subtle blend of fruity, floral, oaky, and spicy aromas. “On the lees” means it has a leftover yeast particle from autolysis which is the self-destruction of yeast cells by enzymes created from fermentation. Indeed, this tradition certainly is one of the reasons for Rémy Martin harmonious taste. But is this Cognac harmonious as well?
Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac is made of 90% Grande Champagne and 10% Petite Champagne wine. It contains eaux-de-vie aged between 20 and 50 years. Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac comes in a cardboard box with Rémy Martin Centaur logo, which is Rémy Martin’s recognizable symbol since 1870. The interior of the box has a clean design with a beige color. It is a nice background for a flatly curved decanter, which comes in two different sizes – 35 cl and 70 cl.
Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac Tasting Notes
The dark amber color of Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac immediately stands out. On the nose, I got a bunch of dried fruits with woody hints, and after that a nice subtle cigar tobacco. Entry is an elegant and complex but still well-rounded pallet; warming middle with direct dried fruits and oak that lasts for a long time. Aftertaste of Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac is long more than 20 minutes and keeps the harmonious fruitiness in your mouth. Amazing!
Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac Review Card
- PACKAGING – BOTTLE – 8.8/108.8/10
- ON THE NOSE – 9.1/109.1/10
- ON THE PALATE– 9.4/109.4/10
- FINISH – 9.5/109.5/10
- VALUE – 8.2/108.2/10
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When Should I Drink This Cognac
This Cognac certainly is one step further from XO and it should be served with serious respect. Sure you can have it just with your favorite cigar, but my thing is more gastronomical. I would enjoy it with a cocked pear in red wine, accompanied with pan-seared foie gras and crispy jamón ibérico on the top. On the side, some sweet smooth port wine espuma and that’s it.
Price of Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac
Rémy Martin Extra Fine Champagne Cognac can be bought on auctions and also on some spirit seller’s webshops. The price varies with demand, but expect the price to be ranging from 330 USD to 500 USD for 700 ml decanter. Todays’ price is quite high, so the value is not the best. After all, the XO is much cheaper with just a little bit fewer fireworks.