An epitome of excellence â€“ RÃ©my Martin XO or extra-old Cognac, created in 1981Â by cellar master AndrÃ© Giraud from “the most sought after” terroirs â€“ Grande Champagne and PetiteÂ Champagne â€“ continues to satisfyÂ the evolved palates of people who have a taste for the good life. In keeping with RÃ©my Martin’sÂ ideology toÂ continuously re-invent itself,Â XO was relaunchedÂ in new packaging in September.
Newly arrived in India, the elegant new bottle has the traditional gadroon edge â€“ the beautiful, fluted edging that adorns tableware fromÂ the 18thÂ century. The silhouette of the carafe reflects the House philosophy of RÃ©my Martin. Its pyramidal form resembles the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions where the cognac legend originated. And the sides symboliseÂ the work and patience of blending and maturing the cognac till it reaches the desired state of perfection. TheÂ golden cork is the final step before itsÂ sublime contents are tasted.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, AndrÃ© Giraud, Baptiste Loiseau, said, “XO is essentially an aromatic spectrum heralding the best of Fine Champagne eaux-de-vie, some of which have been selected by AndrÃ© Giraud. Each one reveals its finesse, personality and maturity. Itâ€™s no surprise that this creation has been emblematic for more than 30 years.” Â Loiseauu is restoring the style, sophistication and essence of Fine Champagne with XO’s unique depth of taste and lingering perfume so characteristic of it.
Depending on your preference,Â savour this unique elixir neat, on ice, to feel its force, its freshness and depth before dinner, or take it with you to the table as a match toÂ fine dining. Alternatively, you can side withÂ the traditionalists and enjoy it after dinner, perhaps with a rich dark chocolate dessert or a honey-buttery tart.