Introduction to Rémy Martin Brandy
A Rich History
The House of Rémy Martin was founded way back in 1724 by a young winegrower named Rémy Martin. King Louis XV of France himself actually gave him the right to plant new grape vines for the sole purpose of making his own brand of cognacs in 1738.
With just under 300 years of cognac making experience, Rémy Martin has a wide range and variety of cognacs available on the market today.
Cognac vs. Brandy
You may be wondering, “What’s the difference between cognac and brandy? Aren’t they the same thing?” You’re partially correct. Cognac is a type of brandy, but is named after the specific region of France where it’s produced. Only brandy made in the town of Cognac can be called cognac, similar to how whiskey made in Scotland is called scotch.
How is Rémy Martin cognac made?
Cognac goes through a rigorous production process that starts from the moment grapes are harvested right down to the aging.
The grapes that are used to make the foundational wine are harvested between the end of September and early part of October. They create a white wine that is dry and acidic with no extra sugars required, which helps to produce a wonderfully pure eux-de-vie.
Eux-de-vie is what’s produced after the white wine is distilled in small copper stills. The overall distilling process can take anywhere between 24 to 48 hours. It’s this distilled product that is then aged in open grain oak casks, which gives the cognac its signature vanilla flavor.
Rémy Martin Brandy Prices
Rémy Martin VSOP
$19.99 - $21.99
$36.99 - $40.99
$49.99 - $55.99
$89.99 - $99.99
1738 Accord Royal
$49.99 - $52.99
Rémy Martin XO
$139.99 - $159.99
Rémy Martin V
$37.99 - $39.99
Rémy Martin VS
$29.99 - $38.99
Rémy Martin Louis XIII
$2399.99 - $3279.99
Prices Compared to Other Brands
Paul Masson is a house that produces brandy in the United States. Due to the fact that brandies don’t carry as much exclusivity than cognacs, this can often reflect in the price of the brandy bottles sold. A 750ml bottle of Paul Masson Brandy VSOP ranges from $12.99 - $15.99, while Rémy Martin’s VSOP of the same volume goes for roughly $36.99 - $40.99.
Martell is another distilling house located in France that is also known for making cognac, not brandy. Cognac is made with a very specific harvesting, distilling, and aging process. As a result, a bottle of Martell VSOP can range between $34.99 - $46.99, which falls within the same price range as Rémy Martin’s VSOP.
Courvoisier is significantly more expensive than brandy made by other producers in the brandy industry because they are actually producers of cognac. A 700ml bottle of Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif can be priced between $89.99 - $95.99, which is significantly more than a VSOP made by Rémy Martin of the same volume.
Hennessy, much like Martell and Courvoisier, is a cognac producer. A bottle of Hennessy VS (750ml) ranges between $33.99 - $38.99, offering very similar prices when compared to a bottle of Rémy Martin VS for the same volume.
E&J is a brand that produces their brandy out of California, and therefore cannot be considered a cognac. Much like with Paul Masson brandy, E&J’s products are a lot cheaper when compared to Rémy Martin or any other cognac producing house. A 750ml bottle of E&J Brandy typically ranges from $20.99 - $22.99.
What to Mix with Rémy Martin Brandy
In a pitcher over cubed or crushed ice, add the ingredients together. When it comes time to add the Angostura bitters, eight dashes should suffice (or to your taste preference). Garnish with fresh fruits like strawberries, orange peels, and so on. For the best results, we highly recommend chilling the beverage for a couple of hours in the fridge before serving.
In a small glass, combine all ingredients over cubed ice. Stir with a spoon until sugar and bitters dissolve. Feel free to add more ice to keep your drink nice and cool. This is the perfect drink for any warm day, and it’s also super simple to make!
In a shaker, add the ingredients over cubed ice. We recommend including up to ten mint leaves, but it’s ultimately up to your preference. With a muddler, be sure to bruise the mint leaves to release the aromatic oils. Shake well for a minimum of ten seconds and then strain into a tall glass.
In a tall mixing glass, combine ingredients over cubed ice. Once the beverage is cool, strain into a martini glass and garnish with the brandied cherry. This particular drink is incredibly special, as it uses one of Rémy Martin’s finest bottles of cognac. It’s definitely a sweet treat to enjoy at any evening dinner party.