Remy Martin’s celebrated offering, Louis XIII cognac, an intricate alchemy of up to 1200 eaux-de-vie, that embodies a century worth of craft in each decanter, has unveiled its latest most exclusive collaboration. L’odyssee D’un Roi is a shining testament both to the heritage that created Louis XIII cognac and the nature that inspires it
As one of the world’s most storied Grande Champagne Cognacs, Louis XIII has been present at every milestone in the history of luxury travel — from the legendary bar-car of the Orient-Express to the sleek cabin of the supersonic Concorde jet. To pay tribute to this heritage of adventure and discovery, the house proudly unveiled the L’odyssee D’un Roi [An Ode to Adventure], a unique collaboration inspired by the first shipments of LOUIS XIII in the late 1870s and the iconic journeys that followed to the farthest corners of the globe. For this monumental journey, Louis XIII chose as its traveling companions three French luxury houses that share its passion for rare craftsmanship and unbroken tradition: Hermes, Puiforcat and Saint Louis. Three ultimate masterpieces featuring a rare blend cognac are designed by these three powerhouse brands which have contributed their own centuries-old savoir-faire to the creation of this series of unique objets d’art. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be presented in culture capitals on different continents as part of a yearlong travelling exhibition. Sotheby’s will auction each masterpiece in New York (September 2016), Hong-Kong (October 2016) and London (November 2016), with proceeds benefiting The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Martin Scorsese and several other leading filmmakers to preserve and restore classic films, ensuring their survival for future generations.
More than 50 individual artisans devoted over 1,000 hours to produce these three bespoke creations. Each is unique, its design and contents inspired by the continent for which it is destined. The tailormade offering includes: a bespoke trunk hand-stitched by Hermes using the finest leathers and evoking a bygone era of luxury travel, a white gold pipette forged by the Art Deco silversmith Puiforcat for the ritual of service, a sublime crystal decanter and four elegant serving glasses — mouth-blown, cut and wheel-engraved by hand at the royal cristallerie, SAINT-LOUIS. Each decanter is etched with a 19th-century map of the continent where it is bound. Inside this beautiful carrier rests the rare blend of LOUIS XIII Cognac enriched with a selection of the house’s oldest treasures from Grande Champagne, that each cellar master pass on to each other, from generation to generation, making it a very special spirit revealing flavours that are at once singular and complementary. And completing the unique work of art is a beautiful book that chronicles Louis XIII’s mythical journeys that begin on a 16th-century battlefield in rural France but will touch every corner of the globe.
L’odyssee D’un Roi is truly the result of a work of art and genius, a veritable tribute to craftsmanship and time. Much like the time, finesse and care it takes to create Louis XIII, so it is with the process of preserving classic cinema.” said Ludovic du Plessis, Louis XIII Global Executive Director. As someone whose appreciation for wine and spirits defines his passion and profession, Ludovic du Plessis admires people who surpass themselves, see things through and care about the legacy they leave behind. Here’s an excerpt from a chat we had with him:
The Luxe Café: Tell us briefly about ‘An Ode to Adventure’.
It’s a unique creative collaboration between the finest French brands. A Tribute to Louis XIII with a legacy that has travelled through the ages. We were looking for the brands who share the same passion for time, excellence and craftsmanship and we found it with Hermes, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis.
What is the best way to drink cognac? What’s your favourite way and on what kind of occasion do you enjoy it the most?
It is really personal but for me, the best timing is before the dinner at 7pm, when my palate is fresh. I usually take one hour to enjoy LOUIS XIII with my friends, just before dinner.
Can you name some of the popular Louis Cognacs so far and their prices?
We recently unveiled LOUIS XIII LE MATHUSALEM, a worldwide premiere, a tribute to craftsmanship, which is the world’s first 6L crystal decanter for Cognac. It is priced at 70K€.
There seems to be a passionate relation between Cognac and the world of hip-hop. Why do you think that is?
It is a decades-long love affair between French cognac producers and African-American consumers. Americans have been drinking cognac for almost two centuries before it started showing up in rap lyrics. Cognac’s relationship with African-American consumers started later during the Second World War when they stationed in southwest France.
What are qualities/properties of a good cognac?
Well, Louis XIII doesn’t belong to the cognac category. It is a category by itself. Each decanter takes four generation of cellar master over 100 to craft. It is totally unique, exceptional.
What is your definition of luxury?
Luxury is time. When you drink LOUIS XIII, you drink time. Luxury is a state of mind and a sensory experience.