August 22 2011
Serious collectors of rare de luxe cognacs will need large drinks cabinets, deep pockets and a sizeable slice of luck if they are to secure one of the brand-new Louis XIII decanters, which are to be released next month by its famed producer, Rémy Martin.
Following the releases in 2007 and 2009 of Louis XIII Black Pearl and Rare Cask, Rémy Martin has gone one bigger with its latest limited-edition release of Louis XIII, Le Jeroboam. Moreover, just 100 of the large-format, three-litre decanters have been made, costing €16,000 apiece.
Aficionados will not need reminding that Louis XIII is the original prestige cognac, which dates back to 1874. It also contains some 1,200 eaux-de-vie that vary in age from 40 to 100 years and all come from the best parcels of the Grande Champagne region. The invariable result is a profound cognac of considerable richness, intensity and depth.
As ever, the bespoke decanters themselves are exquisitely handmade – on this occasion by Cristallerie de Sèvres. Each Jeroboam contains five kilos of crystal, and is individually fashioned by a team of nine craftsmen.
Each is individually numbered and protected in its own brass-bound wooden coffret. Given the size and weight of the decanter, it also comes equipped with its own pipette – the tool traditionally used by Cognac cellar masters to draw cask samples.
Acquiring these rare beasts will be a highly competitive affair – not least because some have already been pre-sold to luxury hotels such as the George V in Paris, The Dorchester in London and the Gleneagles Resort in Scotland. But most will be available for private customers to purchase from retailers around the world, including Lavinia, Harrods and Selfridges. In China, the Jeroboams are exclusively available through Rémy Cointreau International Direct Sales.