Louis XIII dates back to the 19th century, nurtured by generations devoted to the finest cognac ever produced. When cellar master Pierrette Trichet discovered Louis XIII Rare Cask 43,8, she had no certainty that she would ever find another. And five patient years later, she felt that same emotion, that moment of revelation and discovery that she remembered so well. Pierrette Trichet had found her second Rare Cask : the Rare Cask 42,6.
This is only the second time that Remy have launched such a product, the last being the Louis XIII Rare Cask in 2010 in the United Kingdom. Why the name? Because the cognac has an ABV of 42.6 per cent.
What sets a Rare Cask apart is the quite astonishing richness and intensity of its flavours. The reward is a cognac of truly extraordinary aromatic richness and complexity, with a multitude of long-aged nuances that no person can fully decipher at a single encounter. At the heart of the composition are those prized autumn flavours of nuts and dried fruit – the long-aged flavours for which Louis XIII is renowned – no surprise since this cask is by its nature born to the Louis XIII tradition.
Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 celebrates these delights and more, with salient aromas that are unique to this one precious cask – notes of plums and dates, mingling with flavours of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger, punctuated by a final touch of tobacco leaf.
This special cognac has been bottled in Baccarat black crystal decanters. A rose gold decor dresses the neck of the decanter with a delicate decoration of quadrilobe motifs, crowned by a black crystal stopper that the coffret presents like a precious jewel.
The coffret itself is sealed with a gilded rose gold plaque, and opens to a sparkling display of light on the crystal details within.
Only 738 decanters will ever be available for sale, each individualy numbered. The price per decanter is €18,000 ($23,000). For a glass of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6, you will have to spend €1,800 ($2,300).