Rémy Martin is a member of The Big Four cognac houses, which also includes Hennessy, Courvoisier, and Martell. These massive brands represent most of the cognac sold around the world. The “entry” level cognac for Rémy Martin is this VSOP, skipping the typical young VS blend of other brands. This one stands out among other VSOPs as it is labelled as Fine Champagne, meaning it sources eaux de vie from only the Grand Champagne and Petite Champagne crus.
The nose features ripe fruit – grapes and peaches, along with vanilla, cloves, and some floral top notes. On entry, this VSOP proves to be light bodied but very flavorful. Hints of candied fruits, oak spice and soft vanilla lead to light lavendar and burnt sugar. The finish features grapes and spice, turning slightly dry.
Rémy Martin VSOP is a cognac that is probably too delicate to use as a mixer, compared to the bolder equivalent from Hennessy. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, quite the opposite is true with Rémy Martin VSOP: this is a wonderful expression from the giant cognac producer. I’d love to explore other Rémy Martin blends to see how they evolve, as the bar is set high with this one. 8/10 $45
Thanks to Rémy Martin for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.