Louis XIII releases new Rare Cask Cognac
Louis XIII, Rémy Martin’s ultra-premium Cognac brand, has released Rare Cask 42.1, an eaux-de-vie from a tierçon re-discovered deep in its cellars.
Baptiste Loiseau, Louis XIII’s fifth-generation cellar master, reportedly stumbled upon a cask in the cellars beneath Domaine du Grollet: “A year ago, I noticed something subtle and extraordinary about a singular tierçon. It had been almost ten years since discovering the last Rare Cask, and then the gift from nature came. Rare Cask 42.1 has very specific nose and palate sensations that creates a perfect point of balance.”
This is the third such discovery from Louis XIII in the last 20 years: Loiseau’s predecessor Pierrette Trichet discovered Rare Cask 43.8 in 2004, and the pair then uncovered Rask Cask 42.6 five years later. The name ‘42.1’ is a reference to the spirit’s 42.1% ABV.
“In order to discover Rare Cask 42.1, I listened to my instincts and favoured emotion over science,” Loiseau explained. “I called upon my memories. It took me back to my childhood and my roots here in Cognac. No other spirit can transport you back into the past and evoke such strong emotions as a rare cask of Louis XIII.”
The striking black crystal decanter the spirit is housed in was manufactured by Baccarat.
775 70 centilitre decanters of Rare Cask 42.1 have been made available, for £47,000 each, with an allocation available exclusively in the UK at the recently re-designed Louis XIII Boutique at Harrods.
This particular expression can also be tasted at Vesper Bar at The Dorchester.
Louis XIII also recently released The Drop, a 1cl container of its Cognac (with a strap, for portability), designed to appeal to a younger clientele.