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Review: St-Rémy V.S.O.P French Brandy

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 27, 2021

In 1886 Paul-Emile Rémy Martin II established the original St-Rémy Distillery in the tiny village of Machecoul. After 30 years of experimentation (in 1917), St. Remy launched Fine St-Rémy, the French Brandy which came to define the St-Rémy style and character for decades to come. The distillery began to exported their French Brandy to the rest of Europe in the 1920s and then jumped the Atlantic to Canada in 1967. Within another decade, the St-Remy spirit was sold on all five major continents, and today St-Rémy proudly proclaims itself the World’s No. 1 French Brandy.

The production of St-Remy V.S.O.P. French Brandy begins with the selection of grapes, harvested in France’s most prestigious wine-growing regions, such as Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Beaujolais. Distillation takes place in both column and pot stills where the fermented wine is heated until the contained alcohol evaporates and becomes eaux-de-vie. The heart of the second distillation is carefully selected by the distiller to have the proper characteristics such that the eaux-de-vie will develop into brandy as they are matured in small French oak barrels.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: St-Rémy V.S.O.P French Brandy

“… impressions of fine oak spice, butterscotch, raisins and green apple. Then we notice vanilla and red licorice. This is followed by leather, wood shavings, cigarette tobacco, and some herbal grasses …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my serving suggestion, the Sidecar.

Chimo!

 

2 Responses to “Review: St-Rémy V.S.O.P French Brandy”

  1. Rami said

    Hello! It is a brandy, not cognac. When it comes to brandys, age ratings have not any meaning. There is not any controll about brandys VSOP or XO. Those are controlled only for the cognacs. So St. Remy VSOP is not 4 years old. I bet it is been matured just 1 year. XO could be a bit longer. Here where I live, Ibix XO is a famous french branby. The manufacturer inform, that it is matured 1 year in oak vat. So 1 year in maybe 2.000 liter vat. Before bottling sugar and loads of caramel colour is been added. Price is around 10€ for 50cl bottle. And the people think it is very good deal, because it is XO. In some bars it is been sold more expensive than some VSOP cognacs, because it is XO. So french brandys with age ratings are most fake. Different case are some Armenian or Georgian brandys. There are also VS, VSOP, XO ratings, but also age note, usually VS = 3 years, VSOP = 5 years, XO = 8 years. If there is not any age note, then them can be whatever.

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