The prestigious Cognac House of Rémy Martin has the youngest appointed Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau. Rémy Martin has brought fresh new blood to its historic Cognac house with Baptiste Loiseau. Baptiste has introduced a new Cognac to Rémy Martin’s classic lineup – Tercet.
Tercet is the idea and creation of Baptiste Loiseau. Baptiste was in New York City for the launch and he guided me through an introduction and private tasting of Tercet. He enthusiastically and proudly spoke of his new creation and the three key artisans whose talents helped shape this innovative, new cognac.
Baptiste Loiseau first joined The House of Rémy Martin in 2007. He then had the privilege to take on the position of cellar master in 2014, becoming the youngest cellar master in Cognac.
He spent 7 years training alongside the previous Cellar Master, Pierrette Trichet – where he gained a deep understanding and respect of the style of the house. Baptiste says, “When you join the house you must understand how to grow the grapes, how to make the wine, how to make the distillation and then finally at the end, how to age and make the final blend, that is consistent.”
Baptiste studied agronomy and winemaking at the prestigious Institut National Agronomique in Paris and then École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique in Montpellier. His first vintage as a winemaker was in Pessac Leognon, Bordeaux. He then moved to South Africa and made wine for Rupert & Rothschild(a joint venture with the Rupert Family and Rothschild Family). Shortly afterward he went to New Zealand, where he made Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
After a couple of years in New Zealand, he decided to come back to his roots in Cognac. Though Baptiste is not from a Cognac making family, he is from the region and has been surrounded by vineyards, wine growers and master distillers.
Tercet – Three Masters
Tercet brings a new milestone in the history of the house of Rémy Martin. It has been 10 years since they have launched a new product. Tercet is Baptiste’s first creation as cellar master and its launch is a new permanent product in the Rémy Martin portfolio(VSOP, 1738, Tercet, and XO).
Tercet, a unique Cognac Fine Champagne is the inspiration of three master artisans. Tercet is a French name, coming from the Italian word terceto, which means poetry of songs that rhyme. Tercet is a trio of masters, that were inspired to make something harmonious in a style like a poem that rhymes.
Francis Nadeau is the first link in the chain: he recommends that the grapes are pressed extremely gently and carefully to extract the most delicate juices. Jean-Marie Bernard is the master distiller, he holds virtuosity in his distillation process. The skill of Baptiste Loiseau, the Rémy Martin Cellar Master and the orchestrator of the project, complete the creation. Responsible for the selection of Eaux-de-vie for their age and blend, he assesses and shapes the structure of all his creations.
Tercet – Three Seals
Three seals on the bottle represent the three-master – the winemaster with the grapes, master distiller with pot stills and cellarmaster with the cask. The label is elegant with white and cooper colors. The copper is reminiscent of the copper of the pot stills.
Tercet – Three Ways To Taste
Rémy Martin Tercet should be served in a burgundy wine glass, which concentrates the aromas of the blend. Enjoy this unique blend neat, and experience the aromas, the freshness, and the flavors, After a few sips add a large ice cube to bring out the aromatic explosion of this blend. Due to the distillation on the lees, the ice reveals the texture of the cognac.
Lastly, try pairing the Tercet with exotic fruits. Tercet pairs beautifully with pineapples, they are a perfect match to the freshness and sweetness of the blend.
Tercet Tasting Notes
The aromatics are fresh and fruit-driven with notes of dried apricots, peach, nectarine. There are spicy notes with star anise, ginger, and nutmeg. On the palate, the Tercet follows through with notes of dried apricots, juicy nectarines, and passion fruit. In the end, you get a long finish of nuts, almonds, and pastries. They’re a lovely silky texture to the cognac coming from the distillation on the lees. Tercet is fresh, elegant and balanced and not aggressive in any way.
Available in limited quantities in the United States so be sure to grab a few bottles. Tercet is truly a unique treasure, a Cognac filled with history and stories of three exceptional artisans.