Famous for its bee emblem, Cognac Louis Royer traces its history back to the year 1853 and is known for a wide range of quality Cognacs and Pineau. Creating cognacs from all six terroirs of the Cognac growing region, the offices and cellars of Louis Royer remain in the town of Jarnac on the banks of the Charente River where they were set up over 150 years ago. Very much continuing with the traditional methods championed by the cognac house’s name sake, Louis Royer boasts five generations of family experience and skill that continue to produce a full range of cognacs. Cellar Master Laurent Robin has the admirable option of dipping into Cognacs from Royer distilleries in each of the five major production zones. It is not surprising that these blends show both character and individuality.
Here is a Cognac of deep copper and amber hue. Single notes do not do justice to this masterpiece, but I did write several down: orange marmalade, toffee, nutmeg, clove, fruitcake, peanut brittle, and brioche. On the palate these combine with extremely subtle oak richness and a gentle rancio fullness, roasted hazelnut, walnut and coffee bean. The Cognac is extremely soft on initial attack, soft through a lengthy mid-palate, and the finish is eternal.