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Cognac Tasting with Remy Martin

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It is natural to think that Champagne Cognac was named to borrow prestige from the famous bubbly. However, it was really "borrowed" from the Romans who planted vineyards all over Europe. Champagne derives from the Latin 'Campagnia' or plains and refers to a layer of chalky soil under the plains. Perfect to grow grapes, absorbing and slowly releasing excess water. and reflecting sun to warm the vines & ripen the fruit. Sparkling wine wasn't even perfected until the 1700's nor made famous til the 1800's. Remy Martin has been making Fine Champagne Cognac since 1724. In 1738 the King granted Remy a Royal Accord to expand even though planting vineyards at the time forbidden due to famine

At the Beverly Hills Hotel last Thursday, Vincent Gere (ZherRAY', not like Richard Gere), Director of Remy Martin Cognacs showed 1738 Accord Royal, named for that Accord. He hid it among 4 other luxury spirits paired w/ canapes. We were told to nose each just above the glass (The French use 'nose' as a verb).The vapors are layered; the lighter aromas float above the glass. The heavier layers are in the glass.