Номенклатура

Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac that only could be a product of France is available at Costco.  The price?  Only $3499.99 plus tax.  To quote Remy Martin “HOW DO YOU DRINK LOUIS XIII COGNAC?”: Circulate the precious blend of eaux-de-vie around your tongue and the roof of your mouth to appreciate each individual note – remarkable notes of dried roses, honey, myrrh, cigar box, plum, honeysuckle, leather, figs and passion fruit that spark deep-rooted memories in swells – a rich complexity that reveals itself with infinite finesse, drop by drop.

After steeping in a barrel for a hundred years this is for major sipping.  

Oh, why the Russian instead of French?  At 100 years old this cognac predates the rise and the fall of the Soviet Union.  I can imagine the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev relaxing in his dacha, planning the next five years and savoring every instant of this sensorial experience.  After all, the hоменклатура (nomanklature or de facto elite) could acquire this “fragrant kiss to prepare the palate.” The apparatchik assured that the five-year plan would be imposed on the proletariat who, in turn, succumb to the tawdriest of eaux-de-vie, vodka.  Enjoying his cognac, Gorbachev pressed the populace to reduce drinking but was outsmarted as the subjects turned to home distillation of samogon.  

Remy Martin is not to be out smarted: On November 13th, LOUIS XIII Cognac premiered “100 Years”, A Song We’ll Hear In A Century, But Only #IfWeCare About The Planet. “100 Years” is a first-of-its-kind musical composition created by Pharrell Williams and not set to be publicly released until the year 2117.  Concerned with the long-lasting effects on the planet by man’s obfuscation, RM created a clay record of the song and placed it in a safe to be heard only opon opening the safe and the 100-year version of Louis VIII cognac.  However, the safe is located near the shore of France and, should the oceans rise, the safe and its contents (read clay record) will dissolve.

They have it both ways: succumbing to the “climate change” choir yet assuring that some future “Gorbachev” will be sipping while the proletariat is steeping.  The barrels holding 2117’s Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac are assuredly located on higher ground.

Nomanklature vs. proletariat.  Nothing will change—but the weather.

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