A rare bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac was auctioned off by Bonhams in September 2012. This bottle of rare cognac has been made from wine grapes that were grown in the beautiful Grand Champagne territory of Cognac in France. It contains a special blend of 1200 eaux de vie, which is estimated to be between 40 to 100 years old. This bottle of rare Black Pearl Cognac has also been aged in the ‘ancient oak barrels’ of tiercons, making it extra special.
In fact, this rare bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac may be said to be one of the finest bottles of Cognac in the world. While the full amount of Louis XIII Cognac is bottled in a Baccarat crystal decanter, only around 800 Black Pearl bottles are released by the company each year, of which only a tiny number of bottles are available in the open market.
This rare bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac was auctioned by Bonham’s in mid-September 2012, for a price of £10,350. In fact, it was one of the main highlights of the Bonham’s auction. Prior to the sale, the Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac bottle was expected to garner a price between £7,900 to £11,120, and it finally fetched an amount towards the higher end of this spectrum.
Interestingly, this bottle of rare Black Pearl Cognac has travelled across the world, for numerous years, before the current owner decided to sell it at Bonham’s. It was first noticed in the onboard shopping section on a Mediterranean cruise ship. The South African bar manager on board that ship who saw it and recognised its value, instantly purchased it, and had it shipped from a port in Greece to his home in South Africa.