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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).



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A Pour not for the Poor

on August 14th, 2013
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Sophie Gayot with bottle #141/738 of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 at Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot


A few days ago I talked to you about the 738 decanters of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 Cognac priced at $22,000 (+ tax). Well, if you can’t get your hands on one of them — there is a waiting list to become an owner — but you still want to enjoy this precious beverage, I’ve found the solution for you: Get on your jet, into your Bentley and head to the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The famous bar, Windows Lounge, is the only public place in North America where you can get a pour.


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by Sophie Gayot


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.

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The bar at Corkbuzz Wine Studio

by Michelle Kwan

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.

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A Cognac Lesson

on September 15th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot

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 Cruaumy 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:

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Hennessy VS Cognac

by Alain Gayot

While some Cognac houses have hired rappers to promote their brand, Hennessy decided to up their street cred with a street artist. The 247-year-old house commissioned American street artist Futura to design their new VS Limited Edition bottle. Futura (born Leonard McGurr) is the leader of the “Abstract Graffiti” movement, known for its focus on lines rather than letters. His colorful design will adorn 200,000 bottles, which retail for $32 each.

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Hip Hop Cognac, part 3

on November 09th, 2010
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Rapper T.I. reportedly loses his Remy Martin deal after his arrest

By Jeff Hoyt

We hate to say, “I told you so!” And by “hate” we mean “love,” like, in hip-hop, “bad” can actually mean “good.”


You may recall that we questioned the wisdom of Remy Martin Cognac naming felon/rapper T.I. their Global Creative Consultant after serving time on weapons charges. Shortly thereafter, we reported on his Los Angeles drug arrest. Now it appears the cognac house and others believe it’s time to drop him like he’s hot.


After being sentenced to eleven additional months behind bars on the probation violation stemming from the arrest, T. I. has reportedly lost his Remy Martin deal.  In addition, he has also lost his sponsorship deal for AXE Body spray. It seems there are only a certain number of felonies a rapper can get caught committing before endorsement deals dry up.

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Hip Hop Cognac, part 2

on September 02nd, 2010
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T.I. in Takers

by Jeff Hoyt

Was it just last week that I questioned the judgment of Remy Martin Cognac for naming rapper T.I. Global Creative Consultant after his last stint in prison for felony weapons charges? Seems the rapper may have decided to celebrate his latest movie “Takers” opening #1 at the box office with something stronger than cognac, as his newlywed wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and the musician-actor-producer-troublemaker were busted last night in Los Angeles for felony possession of a controlled substance. That could result in a probation violation, landing him back behind bars, but rapper and noted legal advisor 50 Cent tweeted the following plan: “Man TI and tiny done got picked up agin for methamphetmines and ecstacy dam man,” 50 tweeted. “Tiny gotta take that charge. Say it was yours, Baby.” That’s heroic! If she does take the rap for the rapper, may I suggest he thank her with a trip to one of our World’s Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels? Don’t worry, T.I.; there are a few domestic choices if you’re not allowed to leave the country. Continue reading “Hip Hop Cognac, part 2” »


Hip Hop Cognac

on August 26th, 2010
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Rapper T.I. has been named Global Creative Consultant to Rémy Martin Cognac

by Jeff Hoyt

A few years ago, General Motors hired rapper T.I. to promote their line of cars, but they dropped the deal when the Grammy-award-winner pled guilty to felony charges after trying to buy guns and silencers from an informant. If you think his days of big endorsements are over, think again. After serving nearly six months in prison and a stint in a halfway house on federal weapons charges, he has been named Global Creative Consultant to Rémy Martin Cognac.