three centuries of Cognac making under its belt, the Rémy
Martin family certainly has perfected the art, and nowhere
is this more clear than with its top-of-the-line offering,
Louis XIII de Rémy Martin.
XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put
a moment.” Why is it a moment? Figure this: each
bottle is a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging from 40 to
100 years old, across three generations of Cellar Masters,
resulting from the combined labor of 10,000 people.
meets Exotica: A Moray Eel Guards a Bottle
of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin.
philosophy of Cognac is terroir. According to Rémy
Martin's philosophy, if you start with fine grapes
from the best vineyards, sift through the proper and
de vie, and then blend them artfully, you will get
a fine Cognac.
introduced to America in 1878, Rémy Martin — and
Cognacs in general — had been reserved for gentlemen
clubs. In the past decade, however, inadvertent promotion
by hip hop artists (such as Busta Rhymes’ song “Pass
the Courvoisier”) has boosted U.S. Cognac sales,
shifting the popularity of the drink from the elite
to the hip hop crowd. Rapper Jay-Z’s New
York sports bar, The 40/40 Club even includes
Lounge,” in salute to his favorite
packaging of Louis XIII shares almost as much history as
the Cognac itself. The idea for the glass came from an old
bottle found by Emile Rémy Martin on a Jarnac battlefield.
Since then, the carafe has evolved into its distinguished
shape, manufactured by Baccarat since 1936. A solid gold
collar encases the neck, which is adorned by a signature
fleur-de-lys crystal stopper. Its Baroque-style glass and
design may have been the inspiration for the name Louis
XIII, a French king who ruled during the Baroque era. It
is also noted that the Rémy Martin family had close
connections with King Louis XIII, which serves as another
explanation for the Cognac's name. Also of note: the exquisite
red box that the bottle comes in is the first new design
in 25 years.
As for taste, this Cognac boasts only the finest flavors.
You are greeted by a noble deep amber color. On the nose
there are aromas of delicate flowers, rich fruits and
On the palate, Louis XIII takes you on a world journey:
to China with flavors of lychee and ginger, to Cuba with
retail price is $1,500 per 750 ml bottle. If that is
a home bar budget-buster, a 50ml ‘Petit Louis’ bottle
can be had for $400, but may leave you wanting more. If
you splurge on the 1.75 L magnum for $3,000, you’ll
impress your friends and get extra cognac for the price
of two bottles.
Martin also produces V.S.O.P., XO and Extra, along with
market-specific products, such as 1738 for the U.S. For
more information, visit www.remy.com.
XIII Black Pearl Limited Edition
Black Pearl is a limited edition cognac from
Rémy Martin's stock of Louis XIII. Only
one tiercon (a type of oak barrel) will be
used, meaning only 786 bottles are available
for purchase. The custom decanter, hand-crafted
by artisans at Baccarat, is black crystal with
platinum accents. The Louis XIII cognac inside
contains a blend of more than 1,200 lots up
to 100 years old. Purchase will be by invitation
(initially at least) at a price of $8,000. After
two months on the market, Rémy Martin reports
all the bottles have been sold.
• Rémy Martin does not release the number of
Louis XIII bottles produced a year; it is a company
is one of Rémy Martin's largest markets. Enthusiasts
enjoy their Cognac mixed with soda or green tea.
United States is the second largest market for Cognac
hop culture has had a dramatic influence on the Cognac
industry in the past decade: approximately 60 to 80
percent of Cognac drinkers are black.
hip hop crowd has also popularized cocktails made
from Cognac, which is usually served alone. Approximately
60 percent of all Cognacs are consumed mixed with
Sprite or Coke.
countries are following suit with the Cognac cocktail:
a favorite in Russia is to mix Cognac with Bourbon
The Perfect Pour
To accommodate a wider range of budgets and to give more people a chance to try their exclusive cognacs, Rémy Martin offers "The Perfect Pour,” a program at 550 select bars, restaurants and hotels nationwide where enthusiasts can purchase samples of either the Louis XIII or the Louis XIII Black Pearl Magnum in three different sizes.
Genius (2 oz.), $200
Connoisseur (1 oz.), $100
Aficionado (1/2 oz.), $50
NEW YORK: Hudson Hotel
FORT LAUDERDALE: The Grill Room
CORAL CABLES: The Biltmore
WEST HOLLYWOOD: Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
ST. LOUIS: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
Louis XIII Black Pearl Magnum
Platinum (2 oz.), $3,000
Infinity (1 oz.), $1,500
Precious (1/2 oz.), $750
NEW YORK: The Rose Club at The Plaza
WASHINGTON D.C.: The St. Regis, Washington D.C
LOS GATOS, CA: Dio Deka
The following are examples of prices for a 2 oz. serving of
Louis XIII in cities around the world.
CHICAGO: NoMI Kitchen,
HONOLULU: Beachhouse, $150
LAGUNA BEACH, CA: Mozambique Steakhouse, $150
ASCOT: Coworth Park, $311
LOS ANGELES: Chaya Venice, $250
MALIBU: Saddle Peak Lodge,
Principe di Savoia, $362
DE JANEIRO: Antiquarius, $300
SANTA MONICA, CA: Michael's, $160
City Hall Steakhouse, $135
41 Restaurant, $170
Avenue Bar at the Four Seasons, $120
VENTURA, CA: Watermark, $290
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