Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac is crafted from a blend of over 1 200 eaux de vie, of which the youngest is at least 40 years old. Only the finest growers with the best vineyards in the heartland of Cognac (the Grande Champagne region) are used. And of the hundreds and thousands of samples tasted, only 1% is considered worthy of Louis XIII Cognac.
Once the grapes are harvested and wine is made, the wine is then distilled into the eaux de vie and goes into new oak barrels (crafted from Limousin oak) for a short period of time. It’s then moved into older oak barrels for a second fill, where it lives for 40 years. After this time, the cellar master will decide if the eaux de vie still needs time to mature or if it’s ready for the third filling into 150-year-old casks. These barrels are much bigger and thinner, allowing for more evaporation to take place. Here, Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac is left to mature for up to 100 years.