Louis XIII L’Odyssée d’un Roi

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The rare but famous Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac has long been associated with luxury travel. Since its inception in 1874, this elegant, profound liquor has had pride of place on the Concorde and the Bar Car of the Orient Express, as just two examples. To honour its exploration through the ages, Rémy Martin has enlisted the help of three other iconic French luxury houses: leather and fashion purveyor Hermès, silversmith Puiforcat, and crystal-maker Saint-Louis. Each participant has created three unique, bespoke artifacts, which come together to hold and present a special blend of the cognac. In all, the project is called L’Odyssée d’un Roi, or “the odyssey of a king”.

Hermès made the three hand-stitched leather trunks, which each contain a unique Saint-Louis decanter and four glasses, all mouth-blown and hand-engraved. A custom white gold handmade pipette by Puiforcat is the final component, to make pouring and tasting the cognac an enchanting ritual.

One bespoke creation will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in New York (September), the other in Hong Kong (October), and the third in London (November); each has been uniquely designed for the market in which it will be sold. Proceeds from these auctions will be given to support the non-profit The Film Foundation, whose founder and chair is Martin Scorsese. The Film Foundation is dedicated to preserving older movies and industry history; to date, the organization has fully restored nearly 700 films.

It takes more than a century to make this cognac blend, which is comprised of over 1,200 barrels of different eaux-de-vie—the youngest of which is 40 years old. Film history, iconic craftsmanship, and a legacy unto itself in the bottle: a perfect harmony.


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June 6, 2016