Remy Martin bottles are often brilliant examples of high design. So it should come as no surprise that a bottle of Remy Martin cognac recently sold for 50,000 euros (about US$70,155). That is a record for the champagne cognac specialist – the highest price ever paid for a Remy Martin spirit.
The record breaker in question is the Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu. This Remy Martin cognac is part of a series of cognacs that were bottled to commemorate King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s attending a royal banquet at the Palace of Versailles in 1938. Marketed as “a century in a bottle”, this cognac is boasts of eaux-de-vie dating back to the 19th century. Over 1,200 brandies have been used to create this unique cognac blend. The grapes used come from the famous vineyards in the Grande Champagne region. This carafe of cognac is a rare spirit plucked out of Remy Martin’s heritage cellars.
The carafe is modeled on a 16th-century metal flask discovered in a battleground near Cognac but built entirely out of crystal. The carafe came encased in a lacquered rosewood and leather jewelry box with an embossed ostrich-skin pattern.
The success of Colin Firth-starrer The King’s Speech at the Oscars pushed up the price of this rare cognac. The buyer remains anonymous, however. The venue was “Master of Spirits“, an invite-only sales exhibition of alcohol organized by DFS. This was the first-of-its-kind event in Singapore. There were other fine spirits as well, but clearly, the Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu stole the show.