“The king is dead, long live the king”. Here the famous motto. As the years go by, the supreme and sacred title remains. It is etched in stone braving the dusty and corroding weight of time, ready for welcoming the new radiant chosen. HME is on the verge of celebrating a highly-exclusive coronation in a few days. Please don’t think about Union Jack, King Lear or Westminster Abbey. The throne is waiting on the other side of the Channel, in the very heart of the age-old French enemy, in Cognac.
When you allude to years of life, Louis XIII speaks multi-centuries line of descent. Louis XIII has been brilliantly ruling the Cognacs kingdom for decades and the dynasty is just about to welcome its new monarch with great pomp. The genuine epitome of the perfect breed by Rémy Martin. No more than the finest top-end masterpiece HME has unveiled to your bewitched eyes.
Louis XIII is synonymous with an “invitation au voyage”. The travel you would experience is both historical and sensitive.
Louis XIII results from hundred years old tierçons (century old casks made from Limousine oak) and meticulously patient ageing. Manufactured by using the best grapes from the Grande Champagne territory of Cognac (France), it emerges from a secret blend of 1,200 eau de vie from 40 to 100 years old to create a precious elixir at the outer limits of perfection. Four generations of visionary and talented cellar masters have turned this quest for excellence into a day-to-day joust. Indeed, current one Pierrette Trichet obviously embodies such a unique knowhow so that Louis XIII may encapsulate a timeless journey, a sole expression of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This Cognac is a relic as it contains the most intense records of History. Founded in 1724, the cognac House of Rémy Martin officially registered its royal chest brand name Louis XIII in 1874 in memory of the eldest child of the first Bourbon King of France. Besides, its iconic decanter is a replica of a metal flask found in the battlefield of Jarnac in Duke of Anjou’s footsteps. More recently, well-known as Churchill’s exalted pleasure, Louis XIII has been closely entangled with historical breakthroughs since Charles De Gaulle placed an order to celebrate free France’s first Christmas in 1944. As a symbol of its fast-growing international success, it was furthermore repeatedly associated with great technological strides in transportation, travelling with the launching of the Orient Express, the Normandie and the Concorde.
Louis XIII is not only an extremely precious cognac, it is a moment. A full and unpredictable experience which stimulates all the senses. Initially, like a piece of jewelry, the crystal decanter is unique. It stems from a scrupulous work of art in crystal (in 2007 a collaboration was set with Baccarat to design Louis XIII Black Pearl) given that it requires the perfect synchronization of eleven craftsmen who first blow the crystal, place by hand the characteristics ornaments, and decorate the neck with the 24-carats gold, fleur de lys and royal signatures at the very depths of the material. Each decanter is then numbered and ready to enhance the opulent nectar with brilliant golden-yellow and mahogany glints with some fiery red notes. Moreover, the first nose reveals an incredible richness because of the tierçons. The second impression is lighter thanks to delicate and floral notes, provided by the best of Grande Champagne. The third nose is full, covered by spicy tones due to the century ageing process in one hundred-year old Limousin oak barrels. Eventually, while tasting, a dense celebration of floral notes (essentially roses and iris) and candied fruits with hints of spices emerges first, followed by nuances of passion fruit flirting with ginger and nutmeg.
Louis XIII shines as an outstanding reflection of light, eternity, refinement, that of raw materials sublimated by an unprecedented meeting of both cellar master and virtuoso diamond cutter’s talents.
No doubt Louis XIII is all but order and beauty, luxury, calm and voluptuousness at the four corners of the world.
Let’s discover the new iconic King soon !
PS: For our French readers, you can also check out our partner SoDandy’s version here.