by Sophie Gayot To celebrate the 140th birthday of Louis XIII Cognac, The House of Rémy Martin came out with a surprise that’s destined for Cognac connoisseurs — for advanced ones, considering the price tag of this very special bottle: $16,000 (plus tax).
House of Rémy Martin’s Cognac Louis XIII is made of an assemblage of 1,200 eaux-de-vie of which some are more than one hundred years old. The cellar masters involved in the process have to keep consistency so your palate enjoys the same taste from one bottle to another — especially since they are selling a $2,200 Cognac.
The recent Cognac One Champagne and Wine Portfolio Tasting held at Corkbuzz Wine Studio showcased some of the best vintages from both internationally recognized and lesser known but equally noteworthy vineyards alike. Venerable houses like Bollinger-owned Champagne maker Ayala, the only French Champagne producer with Latin provenance and one of the founding members of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques de Champagne, presented a delightful Brut Majeur in which hints of citrus prevailed consisting of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. They also presented a Rosé Majeur consisting of 51% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier.
I am not going to give you that Cognac lesson myself; Maurice-Richard Hennessy himself is doing it in the exclusive video interview above. I got lucky as the class took place in Beverly Hills in a private dining room of Crustacean restaurant. Among the other “students” were French Consul General of France Axel Cruau, my father André and my brother Alain. Hennessy is the eighth generation of Hennessy, so you can be sure he knows what he is talking about.
Here are just a few things that we did not have time to discuss: