LOUIS XIII and technology
LOUIS XIII and technology

LOUIS XIII Cognac and Technology

March 2020

To recreate the perfect toast for the One Note Prelude project, LOUIS XIII turned to advanced robot technology

For our newest pioneering project – One Note Prelude – we utilised cutting-edge technology to pay tribute to the momentous ritual of a special toast. The multimedia project features a pair of huge robotic arms, which have been specially programmed to make a toast with two LOUIS XIII cognac glasses.


Celebrating the distinctive G-sharp note that is produced when the two LOUIS XIII glasses are clinked together during a tasting ritual, the One Note Prelude project is a collaboration with talented pianist and composer Yaron Herman, who created a unique piece of music that features only the G-sharp note.

A dynamic Toast
A dynamic Toast

A dynamic toast

Yaron’s innovative symphony, One Note Prelude, starts with two robotic arms performing a toast with two LOUIS XIII cognac glasses to create the first note – a pitch-perfect G-sharp. The composition develops around this single note, performed on the piano together with a string quartet. The two robotic arms accompany the musicians, moving in time to the music before starting the performance with a dynamic toast and the resounding chime of the two glasses.

This unique application of robot technology required very precise programming, in order for the arms to clink the glasses together at exactly the right angle and moment to produce a clear G-sharp chime. The juxtaposition of the powerful, imposing arms and the delicate glasses offers a unique spectacle, and precision in the choreography was key.

‘We went in search of perfection,’ says LOUIS XIII’s global executive director, Ludovic du Plessis. ‘The robots are going to give you precisely the right angle and the right speed to make the toast, and to get that sound.’ 

While the robot arms have been programmed to repeat exactly the same movement every time, our cellar masters have to rely on human intuition and craftsmanship in order to apply the same levels of precision to the LOUIS XIII cognac blend, every time.

Just as founder Paul-Émile Rémy Martin set aside his first eau-de-vie, today we are laying down stocks of carefully selected eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne that will age in our cellars, to be used by future cellar masters. This concept of always thinking a century ahead is key to the LOUIS XIII ethos, which is why, throughout time, we have been known for our visionary thinking.

Luxury aesthetic
Luxury aesthetic

Luxury aesthetic

The exterior look and feel of the robot arms was adapted to reflect the core aesthetic of LOUIS XIII cognac by Parisian designer Arnaud Lapierre. Arnaud, who also worked on the interior design of our LOUIS XIII boutiques in China, London and Cognac, has used the same luxury colour palette and materials for the robot arms to enhance the overall performance.

The arms will be on display in our new LOUIS XIII boutiques, pop up and will travel all around the world.