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It's been a long, dry spell for American fans of Rémy Martin's single-harvest cognacs. The last one was released in the U.S. in 1965.
That now has been remedied, with the release of the cognac crafted from the famous 1989 vintage. In that season, hot summer days and cool nights helped an ouyttanding maturation of the Ugni Blanc grapes in the company's Grande Champagne vineyards.
This new release was aged for 18 years in Limousin oak barrels, kept separately in a dedicated cellar. Pierrette Trichet, the current cellar master, said at last year's tasting that the '89 was near peak. It now has become the first vintage produced by a major cognac house in four decades.
The cognac, packaged in a two-piece gift box, will sell for a suggested retail price of $300 for the 750ml bottle.
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