Louis XII was originally created back in 1874, when Paul-Emile Rémy Martin used some of the oldest and rarest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie from his cellars.
Back then, due to the pedigree and quality of the unique Cognac, Rémy Martin could not just put it in a standard bottle, it deserved to be showcased in a decanter that was just as spectacular. Martin designed a bottle fashioned after a 16th-century flagon found on the site of the Battle of Jarnac, and since then, the celebrated digestif has become one of the most luxurious Cognacs in the world, encompassing 1,200 different eaux-de-vie ranging in age from 40 to 100 years, and the distinctive Louis XIII crystal decanter is now as celebrated as the Cognac it contains.
In order to honor this legacy and tradition, Rémy Martin is releasing their Time Collection, a limited-edition series to highlight historic milestones in the Cognac’s history.
The first release of this Time Collection, “The Origin-1874” is priced at $5,000.
The Origin 1974 is a tribute to the original decanter created for Louis XIII, which contained 13 dentelle spikes, as opposed to the 10 used today. Also, the traditional crystal fleur-de-lis stopper has been replaced by a handblown image of an upturned flagon. The decanter itself, made of pure Saint-Louis crystal, features a golden-hued neck and collar exclusive to this edition; it is housed in an elegant woven-textured metal case with sliding doors that are sealed with a slender rod, a modern interpretation of the wicker baskets used to deliver Louis XIII during the 19th century. Of course, the Cognac inside is still the historic blend, brimming with honeysuckle and leather along with floral fruits and spices, all of which shows that the elegance of Louis XIII has not changed throughout its illustrious history.