Rémy Martin® XO is the signature of our Cellar Master who, with his expertise, blends up to 400 eaux-de-vie from the two most-sought after vineyards of Cognac - Petite and Grande Champagne. His art of blending allows to express the full aromatic spectrum of this extra-old Cognac. Rémy Martin XO is the ultimate expression of Fine Champagne and a tribute to our passionate commitment to time, tradition and respect of the land. A true symbol of luxury and prestige thanks to its complexity and iconic bottle shape.
Serve Rémy Martin XO straight, with a large ice cube or in classic cocktails.
Rémy Martin XO (Extra Old) is a luxury, 40% ABV Cognac. This liquor is a type of brandy made in the Cognac region of France. Brandy is not super popular in the United States, but it’s a relatively no-fuss spirit made by distilling fruit juice — and really any kind of fruit is fine (apple, pear, apricots, cherry, peach, and plum are all good options). The most common form of brandy uses white grapes, and Cognac is an elevated style of brandy that must use only special white grapes grown in Cognac. Cognac, France is located along the country’s western coast just 80 miles north of Bordeaux (so you know those vineyards are some of the best in the world).
Cognac is a blended spirit that uses different eaux-de-vie (brandies) with a range of ages. There are three main legal categories in which Cognac can fall: the VS (the “Very Special,” in which all eaux-de-vie must be aged at least two years), the VSOP (the “Very Special Old Pale,” in which all eaux-de-vie meet a minimum of four years), and the XO (the “Extra Old,” which boasts a blend of eaux-de-vie aged at least six years). The Rémy Martin XO has 300 different eaux-de-vie that have aged between 10 to 37 years; experts claim that the finished Cognac has a tasting age of about 25 years.
Rémy Martin XO, like most luxury aged spirits, is best served neat and at room temperature as an after-dinner treat. For the best tasting experience, serve your Cognac in a snifter glass which allows drinkers to swirl the spirit around the bulb-shaped bottom to release the liquor’s aroma. You could also serve Rémy Martin XO on the rocks, though you should instead use a wider tumbler glass. Finally, while Rémy Martin XO is a little pricey to use as a mixer, you could consider a shot of Rémy Martin XO in an Old Fashioned cocktail.
Gifting a bottle of a luxury, aged spirit is never a bad idea, and Rémy Martin XO is a highly regarded brand. Aged spirits can last for decades if stored properly, so your recipient can save the Rémy Martin XO for a special occasion. However, a traditional 750ml bottle of Rémy Martin XO will likely cost you at least $150 to $200, so it’s not your run-of-the-mill present. That being said, Rémy Martin XO seems pretty reasonable when you consider some of the company's ultra-exclusive expressions (a bottle of the Rémy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask retails for more than $20k!).