remy martin vsop cognac

Alc. 40%

Bottle:

frosted green wine bottle with a rectangular red label printed in gold writing. There is a circular label of a centaur about to launch a spear into the plastic topped cork. Look out!

Nose:

Even after airing for half an hour, this still carries a closed nose. Non complex, but wonderful nonetheless. Right off wine and oak coupled with strange exotic fruits like dried apricots, dry plums, peaches and red field berries. Some cigar box and dullness on the low end. Light sourness.

Palate:

A touch syrupy and yet effervescent. Candied cherry skins, dried orange peels, an orchard of fruits, backed by an old jacket liner. Cigarette tobacco, peeled ginger root and barrel spices abound. Touch of gummy mint. Gratefully, the palate offers more than the nose.

Please note:

Remy martin is one of the ‘big five’ in the family of French cognac firms.

They have done great things in the realm of cognac, and they have been advertising that they choose to age their products longer than the average cognac house. As well, they produce cognac from grapes grown only in the ‘grande’ and ‘petite’ champagne crus of france, which because of the terroir gives the greatest ageing potential. It is said that in the champagne region the soil is flecked with chalk deposits in the soil, which reflect light back onto the grapes which helps them ripen and intensifies flavor.

The ageing process takes places in French white oak casks. The climate in france not as extreme as it is in north America, so the trees are not as tight in grain, which offers more interaction between the wood and the distillate.

Overall score: 87

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