For 7 years, Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau crafted Rémy Martin Cognacs side by side with his predecessor to ensure the range’s consistency and to create Cognacs that represent the epitome of the taste and spirit of the House of Rémy Martin.
When Loiseau became Cellar Master in 2014, the House granted him “Carte Blanche,” or free reign, to utilize his Cognac expertise to select a unique blend that reflected his personal style and highlighted the treasures of the Maison.
This Holiday, Rémy Martin is revealing Carte Blanche Merpins, a new limited-edition blend in the United States. There will only be 2,000 numbered bottles available in the United States at specialty locations nationwide and will retail for $500 USD per bottle.
“For this edition of Carte Blanche, I wanted to illustrate the unique character of Rémy Martin with an original blend,” described Baptiste Loiseau, Cellar Master for the House of Rémy Martin.
He continued, “I carefully selected this Cognac Fine Champagne from the collection of Eau-de-vies housed in our Merpins cellars.”
Matured in a single vat, it perfectly embodies the spirit of the House. Bottled at the percentage proof naturally occurring in the vat at 42%, the original structure of the blend is completely preserved. Aged 27 years, the blend releases delicate notes of plum and gingerbread and reveals how time has worked its magic.
Since 1724, the House of Rémy Martin has produced premium spirits that consistently appeal to the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. A profound love of the land, a continuity of family ownership and a passionate commitment to excellence has sustained Rémy Martin for nearly three centuries. Because of its masterful production and generations of tradition in Cognac, the House of Rémy Martin today produces Cognac Fine Champagne, including Rémy Martin V.S.O.P, Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Rémy Martin XO Excellence.
According to Remy Martin: “The House of Rémy Martin will forever be intertwined with the lands of Charente where it was founded in 1724. It is in this small piece of French terroir that our signature blend of Grande and Petite Champagne crus was born, together forming Cognac Fine Champagne. The secret to the most aromatic grapes lies in the soil in which the vines grow. Using fruit from only quality vineyards, the pale and chalky soil of the region provides the ideal conditions to ripen the grapes to perfection.”
“An excellence cultivated by patience and devotion, the House is a guardian of time. By focusing on the Cognac Fine Champagne, we chose to privilege aging the grapes, allowing them to fully reveal and express their true character. Passed down from generation to generation, this approach has been at the heart of our Cognac—extraordinary Eaux-de-vie with a complex palette of rich and unique aromas.”
“In 1981, legendary Cellar Master André Giraud decided he wanted to pay tribute to the three-century-long union between Grande and Petite Champagne that lies at the heart of Rémy Martin. The result was the Rémy Martin XO-an extra-old Cognac with a captivating explosion of fragrances. For more than 30 years, the XO has been an emblem of the unparalleled excellence of this signature blend.”