The Louis XIII Cognac brand began in 1841 when Paul-Emilie Rémy began bottling his cognac, sourced from the Grande Champagne Vineyards of Cognac, France, in ornate bottles. Starting at $660 per 50 mL, this cognac is so expensive due to being made of a blend with 1,200 exclusively aged eaux-de-vie.
The Iconic Collection Prices
|Louis XIII The Miniature||Cognac||40-100||40% (80 proof)||50ml||$660|
|Louis XIII The Classic Decanter||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$4,100|
|Louis XIII The Magnum||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||1.75L||$9,550|
|Louis XIII The Jeroboam||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||3L||$43,000|
|Louis XIII The Mathusalem||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||6L||$78,000|
The Limited Edition Collection Prices
Often paying homage to the roots of the Louis XIII Cognac brand, the limited edition collection features brandy and cognac that there is only a limited amount of due to the unique tierçons they were sourced from. The ornately decorated flasks that the alcohol comes in also contribute to its expensive price.
|Louis XIII Time Collection: City of Lights – 1900||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$10,600|
|Louis XIII Time Collection: The Origin – 1874||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$8,028|
|Louis XIII The Legacy||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||1.75L||$12,000|
|Louis XIII Black Pearl||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||700ml||$13,000|
|Louis XIII Black Pearl AHD||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||375ml||$13,000|
|Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||700ml||$17,995|
|Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||700ml||$23,000|
|Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||700ml||$15,000|
|Louis XIII Le Salmanazar||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||9L||$450,000|
|Louis XIII L’ Odysśee d’un Roi||Cognac||40-100 years||40% (80 proof)||700ml||$558,000|
Louis XIII Cognac Buying Guide
The Miniature Louis XIII Cognac is a 50mL basic bottle with hand-picked eaux – de -vie designed to introduce customers to the Louis XIII Cognac experience.
The Classic Decanter promises to give the standard Louis XIII Cognac experience by featuring the classic eaux – de -vie flavors contained in a 750mL standard bottle.
Similar to the Miniature and Classic Decanter flavor profile, The Magnum cognac gives customers a bigger standard bottle size at 1.75L.
The Jeroboam contains the oldest eaux-de-vie inside a 3L standard bottle.
Being the largest of the Iconic Collection at 6L, The Mathusalem is also made from the oldest eaux-de-vie but additionally features a collectors decanter.
The Time Collection: City of Lights – 1900 is made from the oldest eaux-de-vie and is sold in a 750mL collector’s decanter.
The Legacy is a cognac kept in a 1.75L hand-signed fine crystal magnum decanter.
The Black Pearl AHD features a rare blend of Louis XIII cognac drawn from a single tierçon and sold in a rare 375ml, 35cL Baccarat decanter.
he Time Collection: – The Origin – 1874 aims to replicate the original cognac taste and 75 mL decanter design.
Like The Origin – 1874, The Le Salmanazar strives to mimic the original cognac taste and design but at a larger 9L scale.
The L’ Odysesśee d’un Roi joins three French houses, Hermès, Saint-Louis, and Puiforcat, creating a 700ml collector’s decatur.
Featuring a 70 mL black crystal container, the Rare Cask 42.6 aims to impress with intensely rich flavors.
The Black Pearl Anniversary Edition features a crystal-treated 700 mL metallic decanter from a limited tier.
The Rare Cask 43.8 features limited rich cognac within a black crystal 70mL decanter.
From a century-old tierçon, The Black Pearl features a rare cognac within a crystal-treated 700 mL metallic decanter.
The Best Way(s) to Drink Louis XIII Cognac
The best way to drink Louis XIII Cognac is by individually piping the cognac using a pipette into a glass. It is recommended that the cognac is at room temperature to maximize the flavor profile.
To fully savor the drink, allow the cognac to rest in the glass for a few minutes. Once some time has passed, smell the complex aroma and take in all of its layers. Then, slowly sip the drink to fully appreciate the unique taste of the hand-picked selection of 1,200 eaux-de-vie that gives Louis XIII Cognac its signature, intensely rich flavor.
Although it is recommended that Louis XIII cognac be savored drop per drop, there are several ways that the rich flavor of the cognac can be complimented in cocktails including using the drink in an old-fashioned, Mint Juleps, Royal Tom Collins, or a French Negroni.
Individual ingredients that compliment Louis XIII Cognac the most include:
- Ginger – This ingredient brings out the fruity and delicate notes within the classic cognac.
- Lemon juice and Cointreau – Shown to balance the cognac perfectly, when these two ingredients are combined, they give the cognac a crisp and uplifting taste that refreshes the palate.
- Brandied Cherry – This ingredient is a crowd-pleaser that brings out the best taste in Louis XIII Cognac
- Mint – The mint contrasts the dark undertones of the cognac to balance out the flavor.
- Brown Sugar – Like the brandied cherry, this ingredient brings out the sweetness of the eaux-de-vie.
VSOP Alternatives to Louis XIII Cognac
For a cheaper alternative with a similar taste profile to Louis XIII cognac, the following VSOP liqueurs will be sufficient:
- Paul Masson Brandy Grande Amber – Paul Masson blends French cognac and oak-aged brandy together with hints of vanilla and pralines to create a cognac with a rich flavor and smooth texture. It is also relatively cheap at $11.44 for a 750 mL bottle.
- Camu Intensely Aromatic Cognac – This drink promises vibrant floral aromas mixed with soft and earthy fruit overtones. It costs $54.99 for a 750 mL bottle.
- Hennessy Privilege – Hennessy guarantees a balanced cognac for $65.99 per 750 mL bottle.
- Branson Cognac – Branson cognac was created by rapper 50 Cent and is sold for $71.99 for a 750 mL bottle.
XO Alternatives Louis XIII Cognac
For a more aged alternative with a similar taste profile to Louis XIII cognac, these are good options:
- Christian Brothers XO Brandy – This American-made brand is made in small batches and offers an earthy flavor and smooth texture for an affordable $19.99 per 750 mL bottle.
- Remy Martin XO – This cognac comes from the same French vineyards that Louis XIII.
- cognac comes from and runs at $179.99 per 750 mL bottle.
- Courvoisier XO Cognac – Known for its velvety texture, this cognac is aged for 11 years and costs $184.99 per 750 mL bottle.
- Branson Cognac XO – Branson XO is engineered by rapper 50 Cent and is aged for a minimum of 10-25 years and costs $269.99 per 750 mL bottle.