First created in 1874 Rémy Martin Louis XIII is an exquisite blend of up to 1200 eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region, ranging from 40 to 100 years in age.
The name was chosen as attribute to King Louis XIII of France, the reigning monarch when the Rémy Martin family settled in the Cognac region. He was the first monarch to recognize cognac as a category in its own right in the world of eaux-de-vie. Since 1874 each generation of cellar masters selected the oldest and best eaux-de-vie from the House cellars for Louis XIII future bottlings. Since the cellar master may never taste the final blend, each of the masters must carefully train a successor.
The concept for the decanter of Louis XIII originated in 1850 when Paul-Emile Rémy Martin purchased a metal flask recovered from the site of the Battle of Jarnac (1569) and registered the rights for its reproduction. Today each crystal decanter is handmade by French Crystal Company Baccarat and individually numbered.
In November 2015 a rare 3-liter jeroboam of Rémy Martin Louis XIII has sold on auction for $95,000.00 – the highest price paid for the decanter of its kind.