Spirit of the Month: October 2016
We choose our Spirit of the Month to highlight some of the greatest spirits in the world. Some of them are age-old classics, some of them are great new releases, but whatever it is, you can be sure that it's something we love. This month we've chosen:
1738 Accord Royal
Created in 1997, Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal sits between its award-winning VSOP and XO in character, combining rich and weighty flavour with complexity and elegance.
It is named in tribute to an official recognition of quality issued in 1738 by King Louis XV of France to Rémy Martin himself, a mere 14 years after he started selling Cognac.
From the Producer
- Nose: Generous notes of plum and fig marmalade rounded out by intense oaky notes of toffee and toasted bread.
- Taste: The mellowness of butterscotch and baked spices with hints of dark chocolate.
- Body: Exceptionally round with a creamy aftertaste and a concentration of nutty aromas imparted by a careful blend of eaux-de-vie aged in toasted French oak casks.
About Remy Martin
In 1724, a winemaker called Rémy Martin started selling Cognac, starting the story of what is now one of the biggest Cognac producers in France. From early on, the quality of the company’s brandy was recognised, with a rare permit to plant new vines and certificate of quality issued by King Louis XV in 1738. Rémy Martin continued to grow, breaking into the US market in the 1830s, taking on the now-iconic centaur logo in the 1870s and coining the term 'Fine Champagne' in the 1920s, indicating a blend of Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie. In 1948, the company moved to only using Grande and Petite Champagne spirit, fully embracing the concept of Fine Champagne.
Now recognised as one of the big four producers, Rémy Martin sells its Cognac around the world. Cellar master Baptiste Loiseau, the fifth person to hold the title since it was created in 1924, now leads Rémy's Cognac makers, continuing the company's traditions while looking to the future.