Skip to main content

Louis XIII Introduces the Ultra‐Rare Red Decanter, N°XIII

Louis Xiii's N°XIII Decanter.
Louis Xiii’s N°XIII Decanter. Dan Forbes

Looking to get a one-up on the one percent? Louis XIII cognac claims that only about 0.000004% of the world will ever sip its just-released ultra-rare N°XIII.

Appearing in a striking red decanter, the N°XIII experience will be limited to exclusive nightclubs internationally that will be allowed only one decanter per night.

Nightlife is defined by a sense of freedom, pleasure, and celebration, all of which are captured and amplified by the N°XIII tasting ritual: A red individually numbered crystal decanter, revealed from under an LED-lit glass cover. Six red, bespoke crystal glasses on a luminous tray accompany the bottles. This rouge is meant to define a passionate experience and plug into the night’s electric lifeforce. Louis XIII’s  N°XIII is then served using a ‘spear’ — a special cognac pipette intended to prolong the drop‐by‐drop service ritual and for imbibers to savor the aromas and notes of this remarkable cognac.

Time is the raw material that creates Louis XIII. In order to develop the exceptional Cognac, Louis XIII had to think about a century ahead. Each decanter is the life achievement of generations of its ‘Cellar Masters.’ Since its 1874 founding, each generation of Cellar Master selects the finest fruit-distilled and fermented eaux-de-vie from its cellars. Today, Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau, for example, is setting aside eaux-de-vie as his legacy to coming successors later in the century. The Cognac’s raw blend is sourced from Grande Champagne, the first cru (grade) of the Cognac region. The fine finished product features aromas evoking myrrh, honey, dried roses, plum, honeysuckle, cigar box, leather, figs, and passion fruit.

Related Guides

This, of course, is only the drink. Louis XIII’s legendary decanters are mouth‐blown by skilled master craftsmen for generations. In order to develop signature red N°XIII decanters and the red cognac glass, Louis XIII collaborated with Saint‐Louis, the oldest glass manufacturer in Europe. The bottle’s vibrant red pop is realized using a secret process that includes gold flakes. Decorated and engraved by hand, each decanter is individually numbered and finished with Louis XIII’s signature dentelle spikes and palladium neck. 

If allowed by the club and local regulations, clients may leave the nightclub with their N°XIII decanter as a treasured souvenir. An NFC‐enabled stopper (near field communication) grants the owner exclusive access to the Louis XIII Society and all membership benefits.

Customers can also try their luck by ordering one of the N°XIII Experiences online at www.louisxiii-cognac.com or through select nightclubs. If granted, a Louis XIII Brand Ambassador will contact purchasers to organize tasting journeys. The experience is so exclusive that there’s chance for those selected to be accepted on a space mission.

Read More: How to Drink Cognac

Matthew Denis
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Matt Denis is an on-the-go remote multimedia reporter, exploring arts, culture, and the existential in the Pacific Northwest…
The classic West Coast IPAs you have to drink now
Get on the West Coast IPA bandwagon this summer
beer

When you envision an IPA, you’re probably thinking of a West Coast IPA. While there are milkshake IPAs, New England-style (hazy IPAs), and others, the West Coast IPA is the king of the American hop-fueled beer landscape.

For those unaware, the West Coast IPA started on the (you guessed it) West Coast. Its heart is in San Diego (and the surrounding area) where countless breweries like Alesmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point, and Societe are cranking out this timeless style.
What is a West Coast IPA?

Read more
Founders Brewing’s non-alcoholic hop water is rolling out across the U.S.
You can now get this hop water across the U.S.
founders brewing hop water microsoftteams image 32 jpg

The huge rise in non-alcoholic drink options in the last few years means that alcohol-free beer no longer has to be dull and tasteless. Now there are terrific alcohol-free beers that let you enjoy the flavor and experience of drinking a beer without the booze -- whether that's because you're the designated driver, you choose not to drink for health or personal reasons, or if you simply want a night off once in a while.

But there's also a new option available for booze-free drinking: hot water. This hop-flavored seltzer is somewhere between an NA beer and a soda, designed to be refreshing and floral and to offer the pine and citrus flavors of hops without the malt and other ingredients that make beer hefty and more grain-like. The hop water trend has seen releases from big craft beer brands in recent years, including the Hoppy Mood from Founders Brewing Co., but this has previously only been available in the brand's home state of Michigan.

Read more
The best espresso martinis aren’t made with vodka
Why you shouldn't use vodka for an espresso martini
Espresso martini cocktail

Here's a hot take for today: the best espresso martini recipe doesn't contain any vodka. Now, before you vodka fans come for me for that opinion, let me lay out my justifications -- and what I think you should use instead.

Vodka is a popular choice for classic martinis, along with or instead of gin. That makes sense when you're mixing just two ingredients, vodka and dry vermouth, as the aim is to create a tart, sharp, boozy drink that feels decadent in the way only a classic martini does. I prefer the flavors that come through from a gin-based martini myself, but one thing I can absolutely appreciate about vodka is the texture or mouthfeel that it brings. When really cold, vodka becomes thick and almost chewy and adds a great texture to a drink that works well for a classic martini.

Read more