Inspired by the perpetually moving cycle of Time, LOUIS XIII’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau is constantly preserving the past and preparing the future using precious elements from the present. The eaux-de-vie for LOUIS XIII Cognac are matured in dedicated French oak casks. The most exceptional are aged in the rarest casks LOUIS XIII possesses: our tierçons. Today, Baptiste Loiseau is setting aside the finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie in these treasured tierçons as a legacy to his successors in the century to come – and he is thinking one century ahead by having new ones made for the next generation.
THE TIERCON, THE LOUIS XIII SIGNATURE
Our centennial tierçons were originally used to transport our cognac arranged three by three on horse-drawn carriages – hence the name. Totally handmade in the French oak forests, they play a critical role in the aromatic development of LOUIS XIII cognac. Their fine staves allow the delicate exchange between the eaux‐de‐vie, the wood and the cool air in our cellars. A tierçon is irreplaceable. As the years go by, they have to be carefully restored using the old staves of another: a sacrifice that led LOUIS XIII’s Cellar Master to find out how to recreate them.
THE CREATION OF A TIERCON: A VOYAGE THAT SPANS LIFETIMES
The journey starts with the seed of a rare and special oak in the Limousin forest. It takes between 150 to 180 years of slow, steady growth before these trees reach the ideal shape and size for felling. After the logs have been split, the LOUIS XIII Wood Masters select the perfect planks. They are stacked and left to dry in the open air for 3 years to acquire their full aromatic potential. Only then can they be transformed into staves and bent into their barrel shape. Next comes the heating process, when the unique oaken identity of a LOUIS XIII tierçon is revealed. On completion, each new tierçon is filled with our young finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux‐de‐vie and left to mature. Over time, it gradually releases the full scope of its aromas and woody notes. When the tierçon is getting older, as of 50 years, it will be filled with our older finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie which will reach the perfect ageing development and which will be part of the LOUIS XIII blend in the future, when myriad aromas intertwine to create a magnificent final blend.
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