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October 30, 2017

Review: Remy Martin VSOP Cognac

by Jeff Ellingson

Remy Martin VSOP Cognac was created in 1927 by Remy Martin Cellar Master Andre Renaud.  It was the first VSOP Fine Champaign.  Remy Martin was founded in 1724 by Remy Martin.  Only grapes grown in The Grande Champaign and Petite Champaign regions of Cognac are used in crafting Remy Martin Cognac.  The grape blend is predominately Ugni Blanc grapes, with a touch of Colombard and Folle Blanche grapes.  Remy Martin owns four domains in Grande Champagne totaling 240 hectacres.  This accounts for 4% of the eaux-de-vie needed.  The balance comes from an alliance of roughly 1000 winemakers.  The grapes are gently pressed and the juice is left to ferment for 5-7 days.  It is distilled in small copper stills.  Each batch is distilled twice.  After each distillation the heads and tails are discarded.  Each year over 1000 winegrowers submit their eaux-de-vie for selection.  The Remy Martin tasting committee selects from over 2000 samples.  Those selected eaux-de-vie are stored in the cellars for aging in oak casks sourced from trees over 100 years old grown in the Limousin forest.  The Remy Martin cellars in Merpins store 140,000 casks.  Each cellar has a slightly different temperature and humidity, fine tuning the aging environment.  The Cellar Master then blends the casks of varying age so there wont be any difference between a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP purchased in 2007 and 2017. The aroma of Remy Martin VSOP is oak, vanilla, tomato, baked spiced apple, apricot, and caramel with a fresh apple and raisin backing.  The sweet fruit entry has apple, spice, and dried apricot flavor building to a juicy grape and pear peak.  It fades with vanilla and caramel, and finishes smooth, warm, and semidry with raisin taste.  Its easy to see why 1 in 3 VSOP Cognacs consumed world wide are Remy Martin VSOP.  Serve Remy Martin VSOP neat in a cognac glass, or mix in a cocktail.

Made in Cognac France

40% Alcohol

Score: 92

Award: Gold Medal

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