A trip to Cognac would not be complete without a visit to at least one of the big four cognac houses – Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Martell or Courvoisier.
About Rémy Martin
Rémy Martin is the second largest Cognac house, behind Hennessy. All of Rémy Martin’s cognacs are Champagne Cognacs crafted from grapes from Remy Martin’s vineyards which are the largest in the Grande and Petit Champagne appellations in the Cognac region. Rémy Martin uses only eaux-de-vie from Petite & Grande Champagne which, when blended, form Fine Champagne Cognac (eg. 1738 Accord Royal). When eaux-de-vie from only Grande Champagne are blended, the product is called Grand Champagne Cognac (eg. Remy Martin’s Louis XIII).
Rémy Martin’s eaux-de-vie are aged exclusively in limousin oak and include, VS (made from 100% Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie) VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac (in the famous green frosted bottle), VSOP Mature Cask Finish, Cour de Cognac, 1738 Accord Royal, Remy Martin XO, Centaure de Diamant and Louis XIII.
Rémy Martin offers Cognac aficionados the opportunity to learn more about its products and history on site at its facilities in the Charente, the French department in southwest France that is home to the town of Cognac and its surrounding vineyards.
Visiting Remy Martin
Rémy Martin offers a variety of tours for the coganc novice and advanced cognac connoisseur. The tours take place at Remy Martin’s various facilities. The House in Cognac, is where Rémy Martin’s cellars and tasting room are located. The Estate in Merpins also houses Remy Martin’s cellars and a tasting room. The Remy Martin distillery in Touzac, is located the heart of their Grande Champagne vineyard. The Grollet Estate is described by Rémy Martin as a place where “exclusive and privileged entry is reserved for encounters with LOUIS XIII”, their most prestigious cognac.
The following are among the more popular cognac tours offered by Rémy Martin:
The Snapshot of Rémy Martin tour is a short one hour tour of the House in Cognac that includes instruction on how cognac is crafted and a guided tasting of one cognac.
The Rémy Martin Essential tour held at the Estate in Merpins.
The essential tour lasts three hours and includes a visit of to the Estate in Merpins and its cellars. A guided tasting of three cognacs and gourmet accompaniments are included.
The About the Blending Tour is held at the House in Cognac.
On this two hour tour you learn the blending techniques of the master blenders who make it their business to be familiar with hundreds eaux-de-vie and how well they age together when blended. Visitors get a chance to make their own blend from pre-selected eaux-de-vie. A tasting of Rémy Martin XO cognac is included.
The Louis XIII Experience Tour is a six hour tour that takes place at the invitation only Grollet Estate. On this tour you will be treated to gourmet lunch or dinner in the old distillery. LOUIS XIII cognac will be served with gourmet creations by designer Christophe Pillet. Those taking the Louis XIII Experience Tour will also receive a crystal glass designed by Christophe Pillet.
For more information on Rémy Martin tours and to book a visit http://www.visitesremymartin.com/en/the-tours/