EXPERIENCE THE LEGENDARY COGNAC LOUIS XIII
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Lovers of the famous “alcohol of the gods”, the eau-de-vie which is exported to more than 160 countries worldwide, will love this unique holiday to the heart of an internationally renowned Cognac House. Enter legendary sites and discover the richness of age-old knowledge.
In order to share the secrets of its history and how its cognacs are made, we offer you exclusive access to the heritage site of the famous Rémy Martin House.
From the winemaking site to the historic home, you will have an amazing experience which will enable you to learn more, improve and appreciate a unique cognac which, from its birth in 1874 at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, through the royal dynasties of Europe and the inaugural flight of Concorde, has been a privileged witness of the 20th century.
During a tasting session, you will discover all the refinements of their Cognac Louis XIII. At the heart of the distillery or in an intimate dining room, the head chef will offer you an unforgettable gastronomic feast, combining Cognac’s finest flavours. We invite you to approach the French art of living at its best!
THE UNIQUE LOUIS XIII EXPERIENCE
In the heart of the vineyards which brought about the famous Cognac VSOP, XO, Napoléon or Louis XIII appellations, let us get you settled in your 5-star hotel, situated right in the city of Cognac.
Come to Charente, truly means discovering the secrets of Cognac savoir-faire. This bordered region is home to renowned cognac Houses which have an international reputation, supplied by a large part of some 5900 businesses, which provides the wine and even the eau de vie.
Today, you will have the enormous privilege of spending the day in one of the most famous Cognac House, the “Maison Rémy Martin”, and experiencing the exceptional cognac LOUIS XIII, a complex blend containing up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie exclusively from Grande Champagne, the premier cru of cognac.
Served in the bar car of the iconic Orient-Express or aboard the Concorde, at the banquet of Queen Elisabeth in Versailles, this cognac LOUIS XIII has toured the world many times since its first expeditions at the end of the years 1870.
Since its origins in 1874, each generation of cellar masters has selected the oldest and most exceptional eaux-de-vie from our cellars for LOUIS XIII cognac. Today, Baptiste Loiseau, cellar master, chooses our best eaux-de-vie which he will leave as a legacy to his successors.
You will start by discovering the vineyards, before moving onto their production estate, the historic House and witness the different process in the creation of cognac in their ageing cellars. You will experience their private and historic rooms opened exclusively for your visit, be part of the privileged few during a visit to the Grollet Estate, a really prestigious place reserved for encounters with their LOUIS XIII cognac. Right in the heart of the family estate, you will be carried away by the atmosphere of this ancient distillery with its amber, leather and copper features.
You will then have the privilege of sitting down to a prestigious dinner in the heart of the historic distillery or in an intimate dining room along with two tastings of LOUIS XIII throughout your experience.
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Contact us on +33 545 833 652 to start planning your holiday.
YOU’LL LOVE TO KNOW
The Birth of Cognac eau-de-vie
The town of Cognac, already known for its salt trade since the11th century, has also become famous for its wines from the ‘Poitou vineyard’ created in the 12th century, which they traded with the Dutch. Carrying salt from the region to the countries of Northern Europe, the Dutch ships also transport wine from the ‘Vignoble du Poitou’.
Due to their low alcohol content, the wines of the Aunis and Saintonge vineyards, already suffering from excessive production and declining quality, do not withstand long voyages at sea. The Dutch began to use them in their newly established distillery, where they are transformed into burnt wine, the brandwijn, the origin of the word ‘brandy’. It is drunk with water in an attempt to recreate the original wine.
At the beginning of the 17th century, the first stills installed in Charente by the Dutch were gradually modified and double distillation appeared in the Cognac region, allowing the product to travel in the form of unalterable brandy, much more concentrated than wine, cheaper to transport.
The Royal Castle of Cognac residence of Francois 1st
The Royal Castle of Cognac became the main residence of the Valois family in the 15th century, In 1494, François de Valois, future King of France, better known under the name of François 1er, was born in this castle.
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