A Gentleman’s Tasting of Cognac
I flew to San Francisco with Rémy Martin for a private tasting with Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau, to discover the complexities and heritage of the iconic Cognac. It was Mr. Baptiste (feels a bit strange saying that since he’s super young) first visit to the West Coast, and I was happy to greet him. For a spirit to be considered Cognac, it must be produced in Cognac, France! There are 6 different areas in the region of Cognac that grow and produce the spirit, yet Remy Martin only uses two regions and has built a relationship with the growers to ensure quality remains the same! Remy is a producer of Fine Champagne Cognac, meaning it only uses grapes exclusively from the top two Cognac regions I spoke about: Grand Champagne & Petite Champagne.
We began the tasting with a little introduction of the brand, and as well as why Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau is so regarded in the industry. He is one of the youngest, at 36yrs old, and is already one of the most respected. He spoke about how he brought a fresh take on Cognac, but always kept in mind the heritage and the beauty of making this Fine Champagne Cognac.
We tasted all three bottles of the house of Remy: VSOP, 1738, and XO. There were parings to compliment each distinct bottle, while enhancing the experience, and sweet tones of the Cognac. The VSOP went down smooth with some dried apricots, the 1738 (which was created for the U.S. market) paired magnificently with the dark chocolate, and my favorite, the XO, went nicely with dried walnuts. The tasting lasted about 45 minutes, and in that time, I was able to discover and quickly fall in love with the beauty that is Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac!
Very special thank you to Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau and the team at Remy Martin for making this tasting happen.