It was in 1738, when Remy Martin was granted by a Royal Accord from King Louis XV to plant new grapevines. This allowed the house to flourish and it was in 1997, where Cellar Master Georges Clot created a new cognac that would honour the King’s royal act. The result is the 1738 Accord Royal, a well-rounded cognac that fits between Remy Martin VSOP and XO. 1738 is neither bold nor too sweet but rather a delicate balance of both.
Although, we generally enjoy our cognac neat or on ice, the night was about exploring the 1738 as the main ingredient in a cocktail. We made stops at the several notable eateries, bars, and lounges to taste a drink that is unique to each location.
The evening began at Milos, a spotless Greek taverna that has established itself as the destination for some of the best Hellenic fare the city has to offer. The first cocktail dubbed “Le Centaure” was crafted by Raphael Gaspard, the head bartender at Milos. Le Centaure was accented with Campari, Blood Orange juice, and it’s then doused with smoke with oak wood. Next, we boarded a 1738 branded limo and visited the Atwater Cocktail Club, a quaint lounge that can entered via a dark alley way in between two buildings. Our host, Kate Boushel, made for us “Le Bien-Aimé”, a cocktail that reminded us of a Negroni. The name, Bien-Aimé, also happens to be the nickname of King Louis XV.
Our third stop was at Bord’Elle, an opulent club that was specifically decorated to reflect the aesthetic of the roaring twenties. It was there where bartender, Rio McIntyre, served us the 1738 Sidecar. It was a savoury and sour drink that was made from fresh lemon juice and a touch of Cointreau. From there we travelled to the Old Port of Montreal to visit the Coldroom, a discreet downstairs bar that you need to ring a doorbell to get into. Once inside, the owner Kevin Demers, made “The Aristocrat”, a bubbly cocktail that was concocted from a flurry of fresh in-house ingredients, Moet champagne, a rare spirit from Italy, and most importantly, 1738 Accord Royal.
We finished our evening at Ristorante Buonanotte, a trendy supper club that has established itself as one of the premier destination in Montreal’s nightlife. At our table we enjoyed Italian dishes fresh from their kitchen.
Take a look at photos from the evening below!