Remy Martin Launches Limited Edition Cognac

Ideal Wine Company has learned that luxury brandy company Remy Martin recently released its latest limited edition Fine Champagne Cognac.

Luxury brand Remy Martin

Founded by a French wine-maker of the same name in 1724, Remy Martin is an incredibly reputable, high class Cognac brand. We stock the Remy Martin XO Champagne Cognac here at the Ideal Wine Company and really enjoy its incredibly rich, smooth and complex qualities.

Remy Martin continues to impress brandy enthusiasts all over the world. The company won the Supreme Brand Champion 2016 Award from industry publication The Spirits Business. They heralded Remy Martin for finding ways to promote its Fine Champagne Cognacs to consumers. Carrying this work forward, Remy Martin recently released its new expression, Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau, the first in its new limited edition Fine Champagne Cognac line, to the world.

Limited edition Cognac

Business blog The Moodie Davitt Report writes that just 7,000 bottles of this new expression were made. The product is the first to be created by 34 year old Baptiste Loiseau, who was appointed Remy Martin’s new Cellar Master in 2014. Loiseau selected one cask from the Gensac-la-Pallue cellar, one of Remy Martin’s 26 cellars, for this inaugural Carte Blanche edition.

Remy Martin recently invited 50 global media guests to the cellar for a special tasting. Speaking at this event, Loiseau explained: “I wanted to show the true sense of Fine Champagne when I was given ‘carte blanche’ by the company to reveal its treasures. I tasted every eau-de-vie that had been set aside by previous cellar masters for their ageing potential.

“One day here at Gensac-la-Pallue I found something very precious and decided to reveal it at the percentage proof at which it appeared naturally in the cask. It is very special, with the youngest eau-de-vie at 20 years and others in the blend above that. It is a question of time and the transmission of values from previous generations. What moved me was that it possessed the style of the house. It is harmonious, rich, intense and has extraordinary length.”

Future plans

Talking about releasing future expressions of Carte Blanche, Loiseau continued: “It is about when the time is right and the blend is right. I am already looking and have some ideas, having tasted all of the eau-de-vie that we hold in the search for the first expression. It should offer something different. That could mean it contains stocks that are younger than 20 years and it could be from other cellars.”

It takes great experience, knowledge and above all patience to be a great Cellar Master. As he has shown with the released of Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau, Remy Martin’s new Cellar Master could ensure the brand continues developing and releasing standout Fine Champagne Cognacs. It’ll be really exciting to see how Baptiste Loiseau safeguards and advances Remy Martin’s reputation for producing excellent Cognacs that are popular around the world!

Explore the History of Remy Martin

What’s so special about Ideal Wine Company’s Remy Martin Cognacs? As we explain below, these products are steeped in history and prestige – the perfect luxury tipples!

Founding Remy Martin

Let’s go all the way back to 1724. According to the brand’s official website, this is the year that a young wine producer called Remy Martin, from the Cognac region of France, started selling Cognac under his own name. Remy Martin Cognac was born, and it didn’t remain a one-man operation for long.

Remy Martin grew in size, becoming increasingly popular with Cognac lovers throughout the Ancien Regime. The company received the royal seal of approval in 1738, when King Louis XV gave it the rare right to plant new vines in the region, in recognition of the excellence of the product. By 1830 Remy Martin had become the only major Cognac house created by a family born and bred in the region.

Going international

Ownership of the house remained in the family and eventually fell to Paul-Emile Remy Martin in 1810, who turned it into a global luxury brand. Not only did he start marketing the product to exciting new territories such as the US, Asia and the Pacific, he invented the company’s now iconic centaur logo, which was inspired by his love of astronomy.

The arrival of Andre Renaud was a game-changer. He went into partnership with then-owner Paul-Emile Remy Martin II in 1910, and helped the Cognac house to develop its full potential. He became Remy Martin’s first cellar master in 1924, spearheaded the creation of Remy Martin ‘Fine Champagne Cognac’ in 1927 – which was an immediate success, and decided that the company would exclusively produce cognac made from Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne crus in 1948.

Modern Age

Renaud chose and trained his own successor – Andre Giraud, who took over leadership of Remy Martin in 1960 and carried the Cognac house through to the modern age. He’s famous for introducing a number of innovations, such as accelerating the use of modern technology in the company’s cellars, which streamlined its production process.

Under Giraud’s leadership, Remy Martin created the now iconic black frosted VSOP bottle in 1972 and the supremely opulent Remy Martin XO product in 1981. Since the end of Giraud’s tenure the house has continued to evolve – introducing modern digital techniques to manage stock and appointing its first woman, Pierrette Trichet, to the post of cellar master.

Buy Remy Martin

Therefore, when you drink Cognac you imbibe a product that has evolved over time to ensure it continues to provide fans with a mind-blowing drinking experience. If you want to try out this famously amazing brandy for yourself, why don’t you buy the Remy Martin XO Champagne Cognac from the Ideal Wine Company right now!

How old is Your Bottle of Cognac?

Enthusiasts around the world will tell you that the longer a Cognac has been left to mature, the better it tastes. Below, the Ideal Wine Company explains how you can find out the age of your bottle of luxury Cognac.

Aging is vital to the Cognac making process.

Last week the Ideal Wine Company explained how Cognac is made. Cognac is an appellation d’origine contrôlée. This means that there are certain rules that govern its production.

One of these rules is that Cognac must be left to age for at least one-two years. At this point the eaux de vie that has been made in the double distillation process is left to age in Limousin oak casks. This allows the eaux de vie’s colour and flavour to mature. The drink is moved to progressively older casks the longer it’s left to age.

Age classification system

Age is like a badge of honour in the Cognac industry. The sector uses an age classification system to let consumers know how long their Cognacs have been left to mature. The basic classification system is as follows:

  • VS: This is the most basic classification. It means “very special” and refers to Cognacs that have been aged for at least one-two years; the minimum requirement.

 

  • VSOP: This means “very special old pale” or “very superior old pale.” Cognacs with this designation have been allowed to mature in Limousin oak casks for at least four years.

 

  • XO: Also known as “extra old.” Cognacs that fall into this category have been let to age for a minimum of six years.

 

  • Hors d’âge: The French translation for “beyond age.” As the name suggests, hors d’âge is similar to XO but is often used to market Cognacs of higher quality. Other names for hors d’âge include Napoleon and Vieille Réserve; VR for short.

How old is your Ideal Wine Company Cognac?

Now you know how to determine the age of a Cognac, what does this mean for the luxury brandies you can buy from the Ideal Wine Company? We have three Cognacs on our product list right now. These are the Remy Martin XO Champagne Cognac, the Delamain Pale & Dry XO Grande Champagne Cognac and the Claude Vorin VR.

This means that when you buy a Cognac from the Ideal Wine Company, you can be sure that you’ve invested in a bottle that has been allowed to mature for at least six years. In other words, you’re in for a top quality tipple when you buy Cognac from the Ideal Wine Company!