Remy Martin has been the stuff of rap songs and fine cognac connoisseurs for quite some time now. I had not been able to try Remy Martin due to the price point (as you can tell, I try to fly extremely cheap), but after picking up a bottle of the special, limited-edition David La Chapelle version of the V.S.O.P., I would have to say that I am a convert.
After uncorking the bottle (the cork is similar to a Grey Goose), one is immediately confronted with a light bouquet that only barely showcases the robust body of the spirit within. The Remy Martin V.S.O.P. shines the brightest when one sips the spirit, either itself or over the rocks, but it is really good mixed with ginger ale, the fruit notes present in the cognac bursting forth fully without necessarily overtaking the impressive bite of the cognac. Hovering at about $40 for a 750ml bottle, I would have to necessarily privilege the Remy V.S.O.P. over other similar effrts by cognac producers. Oh, and one final note (and itâ€™s not even truly related to the spirit itself): kudos has to go out to Remy Cointreau for enclosing a number of different recipes for drinks: it seems so often when we receive a spirit for review that we are pretty much left in the dark about what to do with the spirit, meaning that we either try Squirt, Coke, Orange Juice, or something similar until we come up with something palatable.
If you buy a bottle of the V.S.O.P. and want to really create some special drinks, make it a point to search out the Remy site and see what options are possible. This will be one of the hottest spirits of 2009, so make it a point to pick up a bottle of V.S.O.P. (either the limited edition or the â€œnormalâ€ version).
Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac V.S.O.P. (80 Proof) / Remy Cointreau / http://www.remy-cointreau.com