Extra strong with rich flavours this rather special Louis XIII was discovered by cellar master Pierrette Trichet whilst conducting her regular tastings. Instead of being the normal 40 degrees, this cask was a higher alcoholic level of 43.8 degrees. Which I`m guessing is pretty strong!
No one really knows how this Rare Cask came to be. Anything from slight movements in the cask at the time of blending or historic conditions at certain movements in the ageing process – it`s a cognac mystery! After four years of watching over the cask though Pierrette decided for the first time ever in the history of Louis XIII this cask would be presented as a special edition – the Rare Cask 43.8 was born!
Louis XIII is known for its mellow, nectar rich opulence and the variety of its flavours and the aromas that come only with a century of ageing, but the Louis XIII Rare Cask has a mind of its own it seems. Being extra strong adds richness and aromatic intensity and honey, nuts, mushrooms and forest undergrowth can all be detected. Not really my cup of tea but I must say I adore the decanter of this Rare Cask. Baccarat, who is one of the makers of the classic Louis XIII, has created a stunningly unique version using black crystal. The neck of the decanter is dressed in palladium and takes nearly two weeks work to complete one single example.
The Louis XIII Rare Cask will never be the same twice over as it was down to a miracle, or maybe just pure luck, so all future editions will be determined by mother nature and the cellar master Pierrette Trichet.
How much is this special edition cognac I hear you ask. Prepare yourself because if you want to own a Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8 you would have to pay a massive £10,000!
Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8 is available at Harrods.
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