Louis Royer XO
In 1989, Cognac Louis Royer was acquired by Suntory and affiliated at the same time. This partnership afforded the possibility to invest both in creation and development, which have become the cornerstones of its recent success. Louis Royer is privileged to retain considerable independence and is a client of Suntory amongst several others.
Louis Royer has no vineyards. All need is bought from farmers with whom long-term contracts are concluded. Before the wine of the member farmers are being distilled, Louis Royer verifies the quality of the wine through a micro distillation.
There is also a very strict quality control. So by this stated XO, 1000 checks before bottling!
In 1853, Louis Royer started the company after being the Cellar Master at Delamain for 5 years. He was also a very successful apiculturist, hence the logo in the image of a bee.
Five generations later, the family is still involved. Jérôme Royer is the present Director of Purchasing. From the beginning, the family understood the ultimate importance of procuring only the best “eaux-de-vie” supplies. His father, André Royer, remains the Honorary Chairman of the company.
The tasting notes of this Louis Royer XO Cognac are:
The colour: amber mahogany gold. Bright, deep, gold amber reflections.
The nose: deep, profound, fresh aromas on delicately expressed bouquet. Dried and fresh fruit, hint of florality, touch of minerality, delicate fragrance of honeysuckle. Apricot and sandal wood notes. Background of Havana cigar box. Beautiful evolution of aromas in glass.
The taste: long, persistent and smooth. Warm glow of aromatic layers in mouth. Fruit attack, followed by nuttiness. Apricot and almond notes. Round and unctuous. Hint of delicate rancio, but surrounded by long, lingering glow of florality and fresh fruit flavours. Clean and fresh, lovely sensuous feeling around the palate. Complex and harmonious.
The after-taste: a very long taste.
The origin: much Grande Champagne, but not with all Petit Champagne or a 100% Grande Champagne.
The price: about 100,- dollar
The price / quality ratio: a 7.