Rémy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6

Rémy Cointreau has launched a limited edition “rare cask” of its Louis XIII Cognac. Just 738 numbered decanters will be released onto the global market.

The cask, a blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie, takes its name from its 42.6% abv, and is only the second expression to join Rémy’s Rare Cask collection. Bottled from a rare single barrel among hundreds of century-old tierçonsthat will one day be used for making Louis XIII, the Cognac was launched in Udaipur in India last month by Rémy Martin cellar master Pierrette Trichet and deputy cellar master Baptiste Loiseau. According to Trichet, Rare Cask 42.6 offers “notes of plum and dates, mingling with flavours of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger, punctuated by a final touch of tobacco leaf”.

It has gone on sale in selected travel retail outlets, hotels and restaurants in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Los Angeles and Singapore. RRP: £15,000.

Château Brownin Pessac-Léognan has branched out into rosé, releasing its inaugural 2012 vintage in the UK market this month.

Small parcels of the estate’s 29-hectare vineyard were singled out to be hand-harvested specifically for the rosé, a classic Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, grown on deep gravel soils.

Under the guidance of rosé specialist consultant Philippe Dulong, the grapes are gently pressed, left on their lees then aged in French oak for four months in order to give the wine added body and texture. Château Brown’s owner Jean-Christophe Mau describes the result as a “gourmet” wine with a “fruity expression” ideal for enjoying with food.

Just seven barrels were made of the 2012 vintage, meaning less than 2,000 bottles will go on sale. RRP: £20.

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