Originally a winegrower, Rémy Martin founded the company in 1724. He implanted a strong family tradition; the business continued to be run by family members throughout generations to come. And all of them continued Rémy Martin’s passion for cognac and had a strong commitment to quality. By purchasing additional neighboring parcels of land in the excellent winegrowing area just outside of the town of Cognac in 1774, the family extended their activities to become one of the prime cognac producers in the region.
The essence of this success lies in the creation of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII cognac, blended and registered by Paul Emile Rémy Martin in 1874 with the subheading “Tres Grande Champagne”. The family tradition sadly came to an end in the early 1900s due to financial problems relating to the business. André Renaud from Gensac-la-Pallue saved the company by bringing in external funds and running it until his death in 1965. His son-in-law, André Hériard Dubreuil took over after his death, successively turning the company into an international player, for instance by introducing “Rémy Associés”, a worldwide distribution network for alcoholic beverages, including its own products as well as other selected labels of liquor, wine and spirits.
Like in any grand family tradition there was a feud… André Renaud senior had written in his will that his older daughter Anne-Marie would inherit 51 percent and his younger daughter Genevieve 49 percent of the company. Anne-Marie married André Hériard Dubreuil (who then ran Rémy Martin) and Genevieve married Max Cointreau, of the popular French liquor company. This was to be the beginning of the marriage between Rémy Martin and Cointreau until they finally merged in 1990 as Rémy Cointreau. Needless to say there were numerous feuds involved in this complex family undertaking, but the companies came out stronger and extremely successful on the other end, even though the financial crisis of the early nineties slowed down its rocketing start.
Rémy Martin today
Today, the merging of Rémy Martin with Cointreau in 1990 can only be regarded as an important development in the company’s develpment to international acclaim. Its very own distribution network is firmly in place since 2009 (after having been associated with distributors such as Maxxium, Vin & Sprit and Beam Global Brands). Rémy Cointreau owns additional brands Picon, an orange-based aperitif, the rums of Saint James de Martinique and Mount Gay, the Scotch Whiskey Glenturret, the fruit flavored liqueurs Péché Mignon and Passoa, the champagne labels Krug, Heidsieck and Piper Heidsieck and others.
Pierette Richet is Rémy Martin’s cellar master, one of the few women in this industry. She’s only the forth cellar master in 100 years, that is how much the tradition of the cognac house has been kept alive through the generations. Vincent Gere is the director of the cognac house and the estate. The visitor numbers reach 200.000 each year, among them many American tourists.
Rémy Martin Prices
The prices of Rémy Martin cognac bottles differ: The offer goes from young, cheaper cognac to very, very old cognac - at its price. So let's have a look at some Rémy Martin prices. The Rémy Martin VSOP price is at about € 40, the XO Excellence price is € 160 and how much is the price of Rémy Martin Louis XIII? Around € 1800. The bottle of Remy Martin VS can be purchased for a price of around € 25 to € 30.
News, Products, Anecdotes and Labels
In 2010, Rémy Martin introduced its clear spirit, Rémy Martin V, which can be purchased in select boutiques and shops. Instead of ageing in oak barrels, the eau-de-vie goes through an ice-cold filtration process. It has hints of pear and fresh mint and in fact tastes more like vodka than cognac.
Rémy also boast a range of other products, for instance the classic Pineau des Charentes or Remy Red, a touch of cognac infused with a mix of red berries, peaches and apricots.
In 2017, Louis XIII releases Remy Martin Louis XIII Legacy Cognac combining the legend of XIII with the ‘legacy’ of the house of Remy Martin. Everything to do with any Cognac created is down to the skill of the cellar master. And over the centuries, only five super-talented people have ever held this illustrious position at Remy Martin.
This limited edition Cognac is presented in its famous crystal decanter with fleur de lys shaped stopper within a delightful presentation case. But what makes Legacy so special is that the decanter sports autographs of four of the five above-mentioned cellar masters: Baptiste Loiseau, Pierrette Trichet, Andre Giraud, and Georges Clot.
Only 500 of this delightful limited edition have been produced, truly making it one for the collectors. Read more about this item in our blog article about Louis XIII Legacy
Visit Rémy Martin
Rémy Martin offers a variety of guided tours, tastings and thematic masterclasses. Visits begin with a ride in a small train around the premises, with stops at the cellars, the vineyards and finally the historical estate and the distillery.
Visiting hours are from April to October, Monday to Saturday (except on public holidays) and on Sundays (only from June 15 to September 15), from 9.45am to 11.15am and from 1.30pm to 5.15pm. From July 1 to September 15 visits are from 10am to 5.30pm without break. Under 18 year-olds have free entry.