Rémy Martin Launches Limited Edition Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6

Rémy Martin Launches Limited Edition Louis XIII  Rare Cask 42,6
Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Baccarat black crystal decanter and box adorned with rose gold (retail price €18,000)
(Rémy Martin)

Cognac house Rémy Martin recently launched Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6, a limited edition of its famous decanter. This Rare Cask is the second of the name, the first having been released in 2010. Each of these editions come from a single barrel, called “tierçon” in Cognac. This time the tierçon was a rather small one as it gave birth to only 738 decanters containing 0.7 liter each. The global launch of this new edition happened in Udaipur, India.

The spirit comes from the most renowned Cognac terroir, Grande Champagne, and is at least 100 years old. It results from the blending of more than a thousand different eaux-de-vie, a selection made by cellar master Pierrette Trichet. She identified the unique quality of this cask in 2009, but waited three more years to become certain of her choice. The taste carries notes of plums and dates, ginger, and tobacco leaf. The black crystal decanter has been produced by twenty craftsmen at Baccarat, the neck is dressed with rose gold, the stopper is made of black crystal. 

The Louis XIII decanter line was initiated by Rémy Martin in 1874. It is based on the design of a metal flask found in 1850 by a farmer in the field where the Jarnac battle took place in 1569. It celebrated the 150th anniversary of the creation of the company by Rémy Martin in 1724, and its name payed homage to king Louis XIII, who recognised Cognac as a category of spirits.

There have been several editions of the Louis XIII decanters, the most famous being the series created in 1938 in the honor of King Georges VI and his daughter Elizabeth of England, and the Black Pearl edition issued in 2008. This new Rare Cask edition has a 42.6 alcohol content, a bit lower than the first one, the Rare Cask 43,8.

The decanters are numbered 001 to 738 and are available at Louis XIII certified retailers, palaces, hotels and restaurants. Suggested retail price: €18,000

For further information about Louis XIII and other collectible spirits, read the article “Spirit of Collecting” on page 146 in the May 2013 edition of Art+Auction.