Louis XIII (cognac)
Louis XIII cognac is produced by the House of Rémy Martin, a company headquartered in the town of Cognac, in the department of Charente, France. The House was founded in 1724 by Rémy Martin, who descended from wine makers from Charente.
The decanter’s origins date back to the late nineteenth century. In 1850, Rémy Martin V came into possession of a metallic flask supposedly discovered at the site of the 1569 Battle of Jarnac. In 1874, in honour of the House’s 150th anniversary, he designed a glass replica of the flask to use as the vessel for his cognac, which was named “Grande Champagne Very Old – Age Unknown.” The name Louis XIII was chosen later on, as a tribute to King Louis XIII , who encouraged the sale of eaux-de-vie under his reign.
The House’s current Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau, assumed the position in 2014 at the age of 34. He follows in the footsteps of André Renaud, André Giraud, Georges Clot, and Pierrette Trichet. Since the origins in 1874, each generation of Cellar Master selects in the House’s cellars the oldest and greatest eaux-de-vie for Louis XIII. Today, Baptiste Loiseau is selecting the house’s best eaux-de-vie to age, some of which could be used in the Louis XIII blend in 100 years. The final blend is comprised of up to to 1 200 eaux-de-vie, 100% from Grande Champagne.
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