ALL the cognacs that go into the Louis XIII blend are from Remy Martin's own stocks, and they are specifically selected for this purpose NOT after decades of ageing as one might expect , but as young brandies, right at the beginning of their life, shortly after distillation. No bought-in eaux de vie are used, nor any that were not originally chosen for the blend. More than a million liters of cognac especially set aside for Louis XIII are ageing in Remy Martin's cellars at any one time.
The final product is a blend of up to 1200 different eaux-de-vie aged between 40 and 100 years
old. In the last 75 years Remy Martin has had just three maitres de chai responsible for blending
the final cuvee, so the current bottling is in effect a collaboration between three generations of
cellarmasters. The current cellarmaster, Pierrette Trichet - the only female "master blender" at a
major cognac firm - works with casks selected by her predecessors, and in return selects young
brandies that will only be blended and bottled decades after she has retired. Every year, around
3% of the cognac stored in cask evaporates, over time a staggering loss - for every litre of spirit
originally put in cask, only 33cl - a third - survives to eventually be bottled.