A multisensory experience
The LOUIS XIII cognac ceremonial tasting ritual begins with the eyes.
Release your LOUIS XIII decanter from its elegant coffret and allow the light to flood through the glass, highlighting the deep amber and mahogany hues, indicative of eaux-de-vie that have been aged in oak barrels.
The decanter is itself a sight to behold. With a unique shape based on a 16th-century flask found on a battlefield in Jarnac, France, each decanter is individually crafted and hand-finished with a stunning fleur-de-lys stopper.
If conducting a group private tasting of LOUIS XIII cognac, share the story of LOUIS XIII with your guests, allowing them to marvel at the lifetime achievements of generations of Cellar Masters that are inside every decanter.
Next, pour from 1 to 4 cl of the liquid into a LOUIS XIII glass. In fact, we recommend serving LOUIS XIII cognac in our specially-designed Christophe Pillet glasses: Facets of LOUIS XIII. These delicate tall-stemmed glasses, which are available to buy at LOUIS XIII boutiques, highlight the characteristics of LOUIS XIII cognac. For the perfect pour, use our dedicated LOUIS XIII Spear, a specially designed tool emulating the traditional pipette used by our Cellar Master to draw the aged eaux-de-vie from the barrel.
Once poured, hold the glass at arm’s length, noting the rich hues and smooth sheen of this precious liquid. Then, bring the glass slowly towards your nose in increments, experiencing the light floral bouquet that gives way to more intense notes of wood and spice just as floral notes of dried rose with honeysuckle and jasmine. Then come fabulous notes of preserved fruits.
Now, there is a way of drinking LOUIS XIII. You savor one drop at a time, one single drop and let it crack between your lips. This will prepare your palate.
Circulate the rich liquid around your mouth to fully appreciate the wave of individual floral, fruit and spice notes that burst onto the palate, evoking myrrh, honey, dried roses, plum, figs, leather and more.
Take a second drop. It’s a firework of aromas and flavors in just one drop: honey, fungi, walnut, …. And the texture, silky texture. The long finish ensures the LOUIS XIII cognac tasting ritual will not be short-lived, with bold flavours including jasmine, saffron and cigar box continuing to evolve on your palate for at least an hour after the first sip.
It holds aromatic crests and peaks. They rise in swells, each one echoing the next. The body is complex, so rich, so intense but not too heavy; it‘s in the air.
Let the multi-layered notes transport you through the history of the cognac, sparking your own deep-rooted memories along the way.
Each experience creates an intense moment of sharing, a moment during which we lay bare our innermost thoughts and feelings and awaken long-forgotten memories.
Now, your glass is empty. But the experience is continuing. The power of aromas remains for your glass. Keep it near you for a while, and discover the new aromas coming.