Liquor of the gods sells for $15,000 a bottle

Tue Mar 9, 2010 4:03pm EST
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By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - French writer Victor Hugo once said, "Cognac is the liquor of the gods."

French winemaker Remy Martin is selling 786 bottles of a very special cognac Louis XIII Rare Cask for the heavenly price of $15,000 each.

Thirty bottles will be sold in fine wine shops in the United States beginning in April.

Remy Martin has been producing Louis XIII cognac since 1874, or about 150 years after the company was founded in 1724. A hand-blown Baccarat crystal decanter filled with 750 ml (25.3 oz) of Louis XIII sell for as much as $2,500. It is a blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie that has been aged for up to 100 years in special oak barrels called tiercons.

The 786 bottles, which will be sold worldwide, are from a very rare tiercon that the cellar master, the first and only woman to hold the post at a major cognac house, discovered.

Pierrette Trichet, 57, who assumed the mantle of Cellar Master in 2003, found it in 2004 during a periodic tasting of aging Louis XIII casks.

"The aromas were highly unusual though the process was completely natural and the alcohol was normal 40 percent," she explained during an interview in New York.

She has tasted it each year and decided in 2009 that the aromas had reached a harmony.   Continued...