This cognac might predate not just the phylloxera crisisâ€”which devastated the Folle Blanche grapes originally used to make the liquorâ€”but the 20th century itself. It doesnâ€™t taste like modern cognac. It can never be made again.
All Louis XIII de Rémy Martin is a blend of 1,200 eaux de vie between 40 and 100 years old, aged in oak barrels that are several hundred years old; it costs about $2,400 a bottle at BevMo. A good ol’ Rémy Martin XO aged at least 22 years costs $145. (There’s even a market for empty Louis XIII bottles on EBay.
These centennial casks are the rarest in the house of Remy Martin, and used exclusively for LOUIS XIII. These are special because their thin staves mean a unique interaction occurs among the eaux-de-vie, the air, and the wood. Irreplaceable, these are carefully restored by the cellar masters at regular intervals.
Cognac – in particular limited editions such as Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl, for example, and older eaux-de-vies – are extremely desirable to collectors. To invest in cognac provides one big advantage over investing in fine wines, in that once it’s bottled it doesn’t age and generally doesn’t spoil.
The Louis XIII Miniature—which has a suggested retail price of $600—comes in a 50ml Baccarat crystal…
Louis XIII is an exceptional Cognac. It’s in a class all by itself. The taste of perfection. Even if a bottle is beyond your reach, however, a taste shouldn’t be.
The brand specializes in rare offerings, having just released the Louis XIII Legacy last year, with a limited run of 500 bottles. More than 100 years of craftsmanship from generations of master blenders went into the making of that Cognac.
Pour in a little of the LOUIS XIII and leave it there for five minutes, for the cognac to take its space. The aromas will start to fill the room. Approach the glass slowly and smell. It’s always a discover, even for the Cellar Master.
Production. The eaux-de-vie for Louis XIII are still exclusively sourced from the Grande Champagne cru of Cognac. This region in Cognac is distinguished for its limestone composition that is considered ideal for the grapes employed in the production of cognac.
Ethereal notes of dried rose nectar, fruits, jasmine, leather, nutmeg, sandalwood, honey and wood bark, saffron, cigar box, and forest nuts enhanced by infinite length. Graceful oak, floral notes, fruit, refined, nectar-rich opulence.
Since Louis XIII cognac is aged for between 40 and 100 years it can take up to four generations of cellar masters to oversee decanters before they’re ready to drink. Each year, the current cellar master will carefully sample the blend to keep an eye on the ageing process.
Louis xiii black pearl is indeed described as flamboyant and elusive transcending time with a glamorous design combining classicism and modernity. This unique crystal harbors at its heart a louis xiii cognac that was aged in the c100-29 century-old tiercon – a fabulous witness to the century that has transpired.
A bottle of Gautier Cognac 1762 sold at auction for $144,525.
Why is Hennessy so expensive? Cognac is typically more expensive than other spirits. The main reason is that the distillation process itself is more expensive. The spirits base ingredient is grapes, rather than grains, and distilling wine from juice is also an expensive process.
Remy Martin – Louis XIII – Grande Champagne Cognac (80 Proof) (Pre-arrival) (750ml) The highest quality Cognac on the market today, Louis XIII has been carefully tended by three generations of Rémy Martin cellar masters.
A standard 750ml bottle is approximately 25.36 ounces. A typical pour is approximately 1.5 ounces.