Review: St. Remy Authentic Vsop French Brandy

Review: St. Remy Authentic Vsop French Brandy

Remy Martin was founded in 1724 by the man Remy Martin. Cognac was first produced over a century later in 1830. The centaur on every bottle is an homage to the zodiac sign (Sagittarius) of the founder as well as “an alliance of man and nature.” In modern times, their cognacs are made exclusively from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions.

ABV: 40%
Aging: French Oak, >4 years
Recipe: Blend of 10 grapes
Distiller: St. Remy (Nantes, France)

St. Remy is quite available, good, and cheap – it is a French Brandy, so, although it isn’t from the region of Cognac or Armagnac, it is still in the same category – but cheaper because it doesn’t have the prestigious regional designation. It’s also easy to drink and fairly approachable – when I was first getting into brandy I did a side by side of this and Courvoisier VSOP cognac side by side and came out like this one more, so if you’re interested in exploring other spirits I recommend it. The XO is also worth a try too – it is even better and very similarly priced.

St. Remy sources wines from all over France to distill into their products, and they use a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gamay, Ugni Blanc, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon’s. They distill twice in a column still (though they use copper pots sometimes too), and mature in small french oak barrels. And they’ve been doing it for a while – since 1886.

Review

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Fresh, fruity, and lightly spicy. Very vibrant. White grape, nutmeg, clove, cardamom and sweet smelling, too. The palate is very bright and fruity, with some underlying tannin from the oak. Slight spices and nuts emerge on the finish. Very clean really it’s quite nice, though not overly complex.

Value

This is decent stuff, and not expensive, so it fits in the average-high range.

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