October 10, 2016

Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac

By In Photographs, Reviews, Tasting Reports
It is not everyday you get to savour a glass of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac. Huge gratitude to the staff at the exclusive Burlington Arcade outlet, L’Odyssee d’Un Roi, in London’s Mayfair for allowing this country-yokel to loiter at the back behind the more well-heeled and gentile of customers both potential and current. Louis XIII cognac.. sigh… one of the most exquisite and complex drinks I’ve ever inhaled, let alone actually drank.

I learnt something too. To fully appreciate the array of aromas you first raise the glass to your chin. Here the first wash of scents rises to your nose. In the case of Louis XIII cognac the lexicon of descriptors would be as long as your arm. Having fully appreciated that first tranche you can raise the glass fully to the nose and inhale, amazingly, a different set of aromas.

The cognac is a blend of 140 different eaux-de-vie aged between 40 and 100 years. It comes packaged in a gorgeous Baccarat decanter. Such wonders do not come cheap, sadly. I spotted a discreet price list on the side. A miniature bottle, that’s 5cl, was listed at £595. The Whisky Exchange bottle price is £1,925, Selfridges a touch more at £1,999. Heck, the glass I was drinking this wonder out of, cost £300 someone whispered.

Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac

“Discover a new expression of the LOUIS XIII collection: 5cl of LOUIS XIII unique cognac, this blend evoking tasting notes and scents of myrrh, honey, immortelle, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruits. Meticulously crafted by Baccarat, the decanter is the miniature version of the legendary crystal LOUIS XIII one, crowned with 24-carat gold and the historic fleur-de-lys stopper. A finely shaped crystal masterpiece that reveals all the aromatic richness and refinement of LOUIS XIII in its most precious format.
Each decanter and fleur-de-lys stopper is individually numbered. The LOUIS XIII Miniature is nestled in its special red coffret like a beloved jewel or exceptional perfume.” Louis XIII Cognac

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