One of the most captivating and instantly recognizable decanters on any home wet bar or cocktail lounge back bar is the elegant handblown Baccarat crystal decanter that contains Louis XIII Cognac, a harmonious blend of Grande Champagne Cognacs composed of 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging in age from 40 to 100 years. Rich with floral fruits and spices, and priced at $3,000, the Louis XIII is one of the most costly and luxurious digestifs in the world.
But not every occasion calls for a 750 mL format of Louis XIII. To answer the need for a smaller size—one suitable for travel or as a gift—Rémy Martin has introduced a 50 mL Louis XIII Miniature ($600), a smaller version of the iconic Baccarat crystal decanter, trimmed in gold, crowned with the same historic fleur-de-lis stopper, and containing the same celebrated Cognac. Encased in a red leather gift box and available as a limited but permanent edition to the Louis XIII collection, with only a few being released each year, this miniature decanter is now available at fine wine and liquor shops nationwide and available online at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits. Which is to say, the same Cognac once served on the famed Orient Express can now be enjoyed wherever a carry-on bag can take it. (louisxiii-cognac.com)