Rémy Martin XO Excellence Review: Taste, Price and Value
Well, the aroma is certainly more than pleasant, with spicy tones and a somewhat floral tinge adding to the tasting anticipation. And on sipping this blend of Fine Champagne cognac the very first thing that hits are the almost decadent rich yet mellow tones. This is certainly a smooth cognac, deep as the taste becomes more complex the longer you hold it in your mouth.
The velvety texture creates subtle hints of fig, ripe oranges and other fruity tones. And there’s definitely a hint of cinnamon in there as well. It’s certainly a cognac for those who like to tease their taste buds, and the taste lingers comfortingly on your palate for a long time after it’s swallowed.
Remy Martin XO Excellence is a blend of over 300 cognacs (like Remy Martin Centaure, also 300, and to compate: Louis XIII has 1000 different eaux-de-vie in the blend). 85 per cent of these are from the region of Grande Champagne, and the remaining 15 per cent from Petite Champagne. All of these are aged between 10 to 37 years making this an XO of the highest quality.
Remy Martin describes this as ‘the taste of excellence.’ Well, we’ve been lucky enough to taste some rather excellent cognacs. But as XOs go, we’re impressed with this one. Retailing at a price of around €100-160 a bottle, it’s a cognac for special occasions you might want to purchase once, twice a year – but our verdict is that Remy Martin XO Excellence is certainly one worth trying. You just might want to keep it for special occasions.