New Rémy Martin cellar master

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

Having worked together for seven years, Trichet who has been with Rémy for 38 years, has decided to hand over to the 34-year-old who trained as an agronomist and oenologist.

Between 2000 and 2004 he studied at the Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon and then the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier (ENSAM).

He began his career in Pessac Léognan, then moved to South Africa and New Zealand before joining the BNIC – Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac – as an experimental engineer in 2005. He was responsible for finding ways of improving the quality of cognac wines through a rigorous analysis of the relationships between the soil, the climate and winemaking techniques.

In 2007 Loiseau joined Rémy Martin as a consulting project engineer. He became a member of the tasting committee, first as an apprentice and then as an expert.

The position gave him access to Rémy’s huge inventory of eaux-de-vie samples: 1,500 to 2,000 to be tasted in five months. Alongside Trichet, Loiseau learned to taste, select and blend with expertise.

He was appointed deputy cellar master in 2011 and cellar master in spring 2014.

Guests are the farewell lunch got to taste Rémy Martin’s Centaure de Diamant, which launches in the UK this month. Centaure de Diamant is the last creation of Pierrette Trichet and is said to feature only the most outstanding, fine champagne eaux‐de‐vie from the famous region, aged between 20 and 50-years-old.

Centaure de Diamant is available exclusively at Harrods for £800 (circa US$1,350, €995), with further limited distribution from July onwards.