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In the realm of fine spirits, the name LOUIS XIII has long been synonymous with unrivalled excellence. This esteemed cognac house proudly reveals their latest masterpiece, the Rare Cask 42.1, a decade after the release of the exquisite Rare Cask 42.6. This sublime offering, an extraordinary rendition of LOUIS XIII Cognac, is available in a limited series of just over 775 exclusive black crystal decanters.
A Treasure of Domaine de Grollet : A Singular Expression of LOUIS XIII Cognac
The cellars of Domaine de Grollet, where LOUIS XIII’s magnificent legacy converges, house an unparalleled collection of tierçons filled with eaux-de-vie from the esteemed Cognac Grande Champagne terroir. These tierçons, crafted from French oak trees that require over a century to mature, are believed to bestow their unique spirits upon the eaux-de-vie they cradle.
In a remarkable display of serendipity, one exceptional tierçon revealed an unparalleled aromatic profile, culminating in a distinct expression of LOUIS XIII Cognac never seen before. This enigmatic creation boasts an unanticipated 42.1% ABV, a testament to the delicate interplay between the ancient oak and the eaux-de-vie. Baptiste Loiseau, LOUIS XIII’s fifth-generation Cellar Master, meticulously nurtures the evolution of Rare Cask 42.1, favouring intuition and emotion over science in its development.
A Venetian Celebration of Wonder
To commemorate the unveiling of Rare Cask 42.1, an exclusive event themed, “Care For Wonders” was held in the enchanting city of Venice. This momentous occasion joins the indelible memories of previous LOUIS XIII Rare Cask unveilings: Rare Cask 43.8 in Guilin Caves, China, and Rare Cask 42.6 in Udaipur, India. Baptiste Loiseau, in collaboration with former Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet, has once again defied the ordinary passage of time, uncovering the extraordinary Rare Cask 42.1.
The Rare Cask 42.1 is presented in an opulent black crystal decanter by Baccarat, a work of art requiring the skilled hands of 20 craftsmen. Adorned with gold and rhodium, the decanter’s neck features an engraved ring showcasing quadrilobe patterns, paying homage to France’s iconic fleur de lys. Accompanying the decanter are two ornate crystal glasses and a serving pipette, completing the luxurious ensemble.
LOUIS XIII will organize exclusive tastings of Rare Cask 42.1 in select cities worldwide, including Paris, Zurich, London, Dubai, Beverly Hills, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, and Kuala Lumpur. Priced at $50,000 for a 700ml bottle, this transcendent cognac will be available for delivery in June.
A Symphony of Flavours
Savouring the Rare Cask 42.1 is an extraordinary sensory experience, revealing notes of leather and cigar intertwined with a delightful fruity aroma. This exceptional cognac, created for those who appreciate the finer things in life, is a testament to the passion and craftsmanship behind the LOUIS XIII brand.
LOUIS XIII’s Rare Cask 42.1 represents the epitome of luxury and refinement in the world of cognac. This limited-edition masterpiece is an unparalleled indulgence for discerning connoisseurs seeking to expand their collections. ◼
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© This article was first published online in May 2023 – World Travel Magazine.