MARTIN 1989 COGNAC-ONE FOR THE AGES
By Michael Hepworth
drinkers in the
are in for a treat with the launch of the 1989 vintage in September at the
RRP of $300 per bottle. I tasted a sample recently of this very potent
vintage blend, with a hint of figs and other fruits. At 45% alcohol by
volume, you will love this superb
Remy Martin Cognac
, either neat or on ice. Suggested foods to enjoy with this treat are
canapés and tapas, or creamy desserts such as buttermilk or Panna Cotta.
For those on a tighter budget, V.S.O.P. Remy Martin has come out
with a limited edition bottle created by photographer David LaChapelle to
reinterpret the famous green-frosted bottle. Only 150,000 of these bottles
have been produced with the top selling
Getting back to the 1989 vintage, that is also going
to be a very limited edition, since in the world of
, 1989 was apparently a very special year. What a great ending to a meal
offers, with its many flavors and a great burning feeling in the palate.
This will be selling for about $40 a shot in the top bars in
. The requirements needed to
produce a vintage
like this are stringent. One example is the fact that the casks made out
of Limousin Oak from one selected forest in France must be kept under lock
and key for a specified period of time ( 18 years in this case). They
could only be tasted once a year under the supervision of the BNIC
(cognac’s governing body),
Rare grapes from the most sought after vineyards must
be used, and the fact that the weather in 1989 was perfect with low
rainfall helped the growth of these robust grapes. By the third week of
September the Ugni Blanc grapes were ready for picking, a month ahead of
oz Remy Martin V.S.O.P, ¾ cup fresh watermelon, ¾ oz simple syrup.
Muddle and strain watermelon. Add watermelon juice
w/syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add Remy Martin VSOP and ice. Shake well and
strain into a martini glass.
Created by mixologist Ugo Jobin.