In 1738, King Louis XV issued the Accord Royal, which decreed that only Rémy Martin could plant new vines on his land. Rémy Martin’s 1738 Accord Royal cognac was created to commemorate the year and the honor.
Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal is a Fine Champagne Cognac, which means that the eaux-de-vie selected come from the two best growth areas of the Cognac region – the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne. The cognac is a blend of nearly 240 eaux-de-vie aged between four and 20 years in Limousin oak barrels.
I’ve remained pretty ambivalent about cognac over the years, and other than a handful of tastings and some recent, ill-fated brushes with Hennessy Black and Conjure, I’ve merely dabbled in the category. Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal might change that a bit, as I like this stuff. A lot.
The copper-colored spirit is bursting with oak and candied fruit on the nose, plus chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. The bouquet is very well balanced, with each scent folded into the next. Upon tasting 1738, I found lots of oak, more fruit and some light floral notes playing in the background. It remains very smooth and round on the palate, and the finish is absurdly long.
All in all, I like it. You could mix Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal into a Sidecar or numerous other cocktails calling for cognac, but with something that’s such a smooth sipping spirit, why bother?
– 40% Alcohol by Volume
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