Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition


A limited edition decanter for an ageless cognac.

BY Sanders Jones

To celebrate the 140th anniversary of Louis XIII, the House of Rémy Martin is unveiling a limited series of just 775 decanters of the Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition. These numbered decanters are drawn from a unique 572-litre tiercon, part of the family’s reserve in the Domaine de Merpins. Handmade a century ago using oak from France’s Limousin region, the barrels – marked C-100-93 – is only the third of its kind to be released by the family in the past 100 years.

Such an important celebration demands an iconic decanter: a contemporary “Black Pearl” version of the original metal flask that inspired Paul-Émile Rémy Martin when he created Louis XIII in 1874. To craft this superb metallic decanter, the House of Baccarat treated the crystal using a unique plating technique. This gives the decanter a beautiful reflective quality, with myriad subtle contrasts of light and dark dancing across its surface. Achieving this dichroic effect involves layering successive thin coatings of precious materials (titanium, carbon and gold) one upon the other. The result is a true work of art.

Four generations of Cellar Masters and nearly 1,200 eaux de vie make the Black Pearl Anniversary Edition truly unique. Ranging between 40 and 100 years old, these eaux de vie from the Grande Champagne region give the cognac its unparalleled aromatic complexity that gained worldwide recognition following the Paris World Fair of 1900, becoming a staple at all grand occasions.

A favourite at the Swedish royal court and soirées in the Kingdom of Siam; on board the legendary Orient Express and the Normandie cruise ship’s first trans-Atlantic voyage in 1935; at the first Christmas of Charles de Gaulle’s exiled French government; and aboard the iconic Concorde in 1976, Louis XIII has been and is still regarded as a celebration of the most important occasions.

This anniversary collection will be available worldwide at €10,000, exclusively from Louis XIII’s partner outlets including luxury and prestigious hotels, as well as reputable wine merchants. A waiting list will be in operation.