“You are not born a Cellar Master, you become one”, is how Baptiste Loiseau, Cellar Master at Rémy Martin since 2014, describes his incredible professional journey.
Baptiste Loiseau is a passionate man. Of course he is passionate about wine and Cognac – he was born there – but also about nature – the land and the terroir, the horticultural skills handed down from his grandparents, rambling in the great outdoors. He refers to this devotion over and over again, the real starting point of his professional career.
A career which has combined topnotch qualifications – degrees in agricultural engineering and oenology – with special, even exceptional encounters. Meeting Pierrette Trichet, his mentor and predecessor was, of course, key to Baptiste Loiseau’s path. They have a lot in common and, above all, a taste for simplicity, a love for work, the sensitivity and desire to convey their passion. Pierrette Trichet very soon realised that she had found her successor as Cellar Master when Baptiste Loiseau was completing his apprenticeship alongside her: tasting, selecting, blending with an absolute understanding of the Rémy Martin style.
At the end of this journey, Baptiste Loiseau was given the keys to the House and every day since has fulfilled the duty of Cellar Master to “ensure the range’s consistency and create cognacs which epitomise the House style”.
Carte Blanche. All it takes is these two words to conjure up the complete freedom which has been given Baptiste Loiseau for this exclusive edition. For the House’s Cellar Master, this exercise is just as much about expressing his personal organoleptic abilities as it is about revealing the Rémy Martin House style.
“The very essence of a cognac house is its continuity. Every day we work thanks to the heritage which has been handed down to us.” This is precisely the concept behind the Carte Blanche edition and the approach adopted by Baptiste Loiseau. He has scoured the House’s incredible legacy and undertaken an infinite number of tastings, at the end of which he made his choice – he selected a single vat to be ambassador of the Rémy Martin style.
Baptiste Loiseau’s predecessors have hoarded this vat like treasure. It is now ready to be unveiled in this exclusive edition of 7,000 bottles, all presented in the re-edition of the original Rémy Martin Charentaise bottle, dating back to the end of the 19th century. For cognac lovers, each bottle represents an exceptional opportunity to sample this blend.
It is more than 20 years old and bottled at the percentage proof naturally occurring in the vat to preserve its original attributes: 41.1%. Rich and with a long finish, complex yet elegant, this cognac reveals spicy nutmeg notes combined with intense aromas of black tea and aged leather. A smooth and remarkable style which is quintessentially Rémy Martin.
If to Baptiste Loiseau, Carte Blanche represents the epitome of the taste and spirit of Rémy Martin, it is only right to describe it further. This edition celebrates the Cognac Fine Champagne quality of the House and its historic dedication to this exclusive blend of Grande and Petite Champagne comprising at least 50% Grande Champagne.
This dedication dates back to 1848, when Paul-Emile Rémy-Martin decided to blend cognacs from Grande and Petite Champagne, creating the very first Cognac Fine Champagne. Exactly a century later, in 1948, the House took a decisive turn under his successor, André Renaud: Rémy Martin would only sell Cognacs Fine Champagne.
This desire has become the cornerstone of the Cognac House; it is simultaneously an expectation, a guarantee of quality and an oenological signature. Firstly it is an expectation because if Rémy Martin only uses grapes from Grande and Petite Champagne, the respective area of land is relatively small and getting the best from it is a delicate exercise which has to be performed every year.
It is, of course, a guarantee of quality because the growths in these regions are determined by a chalky soil which reflects the light and thus helps the grapes to ripen to perfection. Once distilled, the wines are transformed into spirits with complex, rich and unique aromas. Finally, each of the cognacs from Rémy Martin bears the unmistakeable signature of Cognacs Fine Champagne in their opulence, their harmoniousness, their floral quality and their lengthy finishes. An expectation, a quality, a signature…
Rémy Martin Cognac Fine Champagne
So many concepts which convey the true nature of Rémy Martin Cognac Fine Champagne’s commitment, which is to skilled men revealing the power of nature.