Louis XIII is one of the world’s most luxurious cognac brands. This year, the brand will be launching a special edition, “Rare Cask”. This is only the second time the brand has made such an offer in their 140-year running. The exclusive grand champagne has been aged up to a century in its casks. Not only will this drink taste delicious but the bottle is handcrafted with a 24k rose gold ring topped with a black crystal stopper. Bottles will be up for sale at exclusive spirit shops starting in September for grand total of $23,000 apiece.
Not only an essence of this perfect cognac but also design of the package with special care of the details make the Rare Cask as scarce as hen's teeth.
A ‘Rare Cask’ is described as a single, extremely rare barrel discovered among the hundreds of century-old tierçons that will one day go to make Louis XIII. No two tierçons are ever quite the same size, and this new Rare Cask is one of the smaller ones, sufficient for just 738 decanters.
Sharing her encounter with the first Rare Cask, Rémy Martin Cellar Master Pierette Trichet said: “I will never forget the moment when I placed my chalk mark on the tierçon that was to become the Rare Cask 43,8. At that moment, I had no way of ever knowing whether I would ever find another such cask again. But somehow in my heart I was sure that I would... And in the autumn of 2009, though I could not yet be certain, I did have the feeling that I had found what I was searching for. As I tasted, I experienced that same sensation, that moment of revelation and emotion that I remembered so well. All the signs suggested that I had found another Rare Cask.”
Louis XIII is a blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie originating from the finest grapes grown on the slopes of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. Some of these eaux-de-vie are over 100 years old.
Like the first Rare Cask 43,8, this new expression is distinguished by a small but significant increase in alcohol, beyond the expected 40%, with the 42,6 alcohol content clearly indicated on the decanter.
On the nose, notes of plums and dates mingle with flavours of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger, punctuated by a final touch of tobacco leaf.
The liquid is housed in a decanter made of black crystal, a signature of the Rare Cask collection. The scarcity of black crystal is due to the difficulty of obtaining a perfectly opaque black, Rémy Cointreau explained. This delicate technique, involving 20 master craftsmen in more than 50 operations, requires an extremely precise distribution of the metallic oxides to create the brilliant black colour.
The decanter – numbered 001 to 738 – owes its shape to the Louis XIII flask whose design was inspired by a metal flask found on the site of a 16th century battle. The neck of the decanter is dressed in rose gold (the first Rare Cask used palladium) decorated by quadrilobe motifs, and crowned by a black crystal stopper.
The coffret itself is sealed with a gilded rose gold plaque, and opens to a display of light on the crystal details within.
This second edition of Louis XIII Rare Cask has been bottled in a limited number of 738 Baccarat black crystal decanters, with an alcoholic strength of 42,6 degrees.
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